Bebop M.

Films are scored on both overall quality and personal enjoyment.

Favorite films

  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Stalker
  • F for Fake
  • Sweet Smell of Success

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  • Official Competition

    ★★★

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★½

  • Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road

  • Hotel by the River

    ★★½

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  • Official Competition

    Official Competition

    ★★★

    A sometimes hilarious, sometimes ridiculous little bundle of gags that was probably made by the same kind of people it satirizes. Which, too, is probably why it works, and works well, until its graceless nosedive into black comedy in the closing act. Think Yorgos Lanthimos or Martin McDonagh but less clever. Still very much worth checking out, especially if you like Banderas as much as I do.

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★

    Dry, drab, vaguely historical and visually benumbing. Eggers used to be sort of clever, but here he just shouts everything out at you with a blood-streaked, half-nude Viking for his mouthpiece. What you see in the trailer is pretty much what you get, though towards the end there are a few confused stabs at romance in an attempt to pretty up an otherwise sadistic and brutish film.

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  • Fitzcarraldo

    Fitzcarraldo

    ★★★★½

    Man and his ambition. Hubris and its nemesis. Risk and its reward. In Fitzcarraldo both filmmaker and his fiction undergo the same trials, succeed and fail as one, and in the end realize greatness of their own designs. 

    The film’s ethos, and indeed the ethos of Herzog’s career, may be summed up in this brief dialogue:

    Missionary: “We can’t seem to cure them of the idea that our everyday life is only an illusion, behind which lies the reality of dreams.”…

  • Incendies

    Incendies

    ★★

    A sordid mass of dumb coincidence, given false believability by its fictional-except-not backdrop of Middle Eastern civil war. Villeneuve forgets that these kinds of “cycle of hate” stories can be made poignant without strained melodrama and Radiohead ballads.