Josh Gibbs

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Favorite films

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Unbelievable
  • The Exorcist
  • 20th Century Women

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  • The Killer

    ★★★½

  • Mildred Pierce

    ★★★½

  • Meshes of the Afternoon

    ★★½

  • Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann

    ★★★

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  • Children of Men

    Children of Men

    ★★★★½

    “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”

    Miraculous.

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs

    ★★★★½

    A lot of what makes this so good is found in its subtleties. What isn't shown. The brief exchanges concerning Clarice's traumatic childhood with the lambs paint far more vivid imagery and troubling sounds in my mind than anything they could show. A lot of what had stuck with me most since first viewing was what is suggested rather than what is explicitly shown. Equally, the screen time given to actual acts of violence is minimal. And when it does…

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  • The Killer

    The Killer

    ★★★½

    Well-helmed, tense, and engaging throughout. The voiceover is a bit overdone sometimes but still works well in this context, Fassbender nails this role, and The Smiths soundtrack is a great touch. Despite being made up of impressive and highly engaging sequences, it doesn't do anything in particular to stand out in a lasting way. There isn't as much thematic interest as I've come to expect and enjoy in Fincher's work packed beneath the surface - but regardless, it just works. It's unique and unpredictable, and I was particularly impressed with how long it managed to sustain the tension for this length of runtime.

  • Mildred Pierce

    Mildred Pierce

    ★★★½

    “Everybody has a mother.”

    Another win for Michael Curtiz and Classical Hollywood more broadly - it's a bit of a banger. The straightforward story, sharp script and witty dialogue, memorable characters and sense of pathos that follows Mildred throughout result in a memorable picture overall.

    Despite the redeeming final ten minutes, this could do with a little trimming (if Casablanca managed what it did in 100 mins, this has no business being 110), and would be better were it tighter…

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  • Nativity!

    Nativity!

    ★★★★

    “This man is an idiot. He's an actual village idiot. lf this was a village, he would be the idiot.”

    Every time the opening notes of Sparkle and Shine kick in, my soul leaves my body.

  • Teen Beach Movie

    Teen Beach Movie

    ★★★½

    When Scorsese said Marvel wasn't cinema, this is the cinema he was talking about. I've seen this twice now, and I do not regret it.