Elliott Folds

"Dreams are what le cinema is for."

I do theatre and sometimes I watch movies.

Favorite films

  • World of Tomorrow
  • The Apartment
  • Amadeus
  • The Tree of Life

Recent activity

  • Haulout

  • All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

  • The Whale


  • The Sand Castle

Pinned reviews

  • Nashville



    "As a matter of fact, Christmas has always smelled like oranges to me."

    I was lucky enough to catch this on the big screen with my fiancée. It was my second time seeing it and her first (and she loved it, thankfully). It's just a flawless movie. No notes whatsoever. One of my favorite Letterboxd reviews for the film calls it the Great American Novel and they're 1000% correct.

    There's such extraordinary filmmaking on display here, from the directing to…

  • Fiddler on the Roof

    Fiddler on the Roof


    To celebrate my 26th birthday last week, I fit in some of my favorite movies. After rewatching The Awful Truth in the morning and dipping into the first fifteen minutes of The Social Network while taking a bath (very luxurious!), I managed to coerce a few friends to commit to remotely watching all three hours of this movie.

    Listen. Fiddler on the Roof is my favorite musical. No other show moves me as deeply as this one. It cracks me…

Recent reviews

  • Haulout


    Enigmatic, haunting, and gorgeously made. The shot of all the walruses is breathtaking. The end is a real gut punch.

  • All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

    All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

    "Droll thing life is—that mysterious arrangement of merciless logic for a futile purpose. The most you can hope from it is some knowledge of yourself—that comes too late—a crop of inextinguishable regrets."

    That's a quote from Heart of Darkness, but it's quoted at a crucial moment of Laura Poitras' All the Beauty and the Bloodshed that I felt it was appropriate to use it here.

    This is clearly a major, major work, and I'm still struggling to fully reckon with…

Popular reviews

  • The Departed

    The Departed


    When The Departed came out, why was it cool to pretend that it was a minor Scorsese effort?

    It's a fascinating film in the Scorsese canon for a number of reasons. It's got everything that makes a great one (bravura performances, his trademark kinetic direction, the frantic Thelma Schoonmaker editing, an impeccable soundtrack, top-notch writing littered with generous profanity), but with its fundamentally classical plot structure, it feels like it is of a different cloth than Goodfellas or Raging Bull…

  • The Pumpkin Eater

    The Pumpkin Eater


    Man, Anne Bancroft is something in this, isn't she?

    Her performance can truly only be described as something of a tour-de-force. It's an outstanding testament to her skill, her focus as an actor. The dedication to physicality, the rich inner turmoil, the clarity and pain in her eyes. It's really tremendous. Pinter gives her an enormous challenge with the role but she succeeds beautifully. Opposite her is a strong Peter Finch, but make no mistake: it's Bancroft's world and we're just living in it.