J Winston

J Winston

Favorite films

  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Henry Fool
  • The Golden Boat
  • A Zed & Two Noughts

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  • The Teachers’ Lounge

    ★★★★★

  • Cemetery Man

    ★½

  • The Hidden

  • Safe

    ★★★★★

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  • The Teachers’ Lounge

    The Teachers’ Lounge

    ★★★★★

    Neatly splits the difference between the socially-embedded, anxiety-inducing thrillers of the Safdie brothers and something the Dardennes might come up with if they'd read Discipline and Punish instead of Crime and Punishment. I'm probably overrating this a little, but god did it feel refreshing to finally watch a new movie that doesn't let its loaded "thematics" completely suffocate the dramaturgy. That is to say, this is thrillingly alive filmmaking in every way that Zone of Interest or Poor Things feel…

  • Safe

    Safe

    ★★★★★

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  • Audition

    Audition

    ★★½

    When Harry Met Salò.

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    (I was originally planning on writing my review as an open letter to Hitchcock himself, which I might still do at some point, but this will suffice for now. The only part I regret not including was a question asking him how he'd like to be addressed. Hitch? Alfred? Al? Mr. Cock?)

    Reading that Orson Welles apparently hated this makes me so happy, especially when you consider that The Immortal Story is kind of the same thing except actually good...…