Aesop's Foibles

Aesop's Foibles

Favorite films

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • A Man Escaped
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Ikiru

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  • Menus Plaisirs – Les Troisgros

    ★★★★

  • Drive-Away Dolls

    ★★

  • 20 Days in Mariupol

    ★★★★

  • Harlan County U.S.A.

    ★★★★★

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  • Menus Plaisirs – Les Troisgros

    Menus Plaisirs – Les Troisgros

    ★★★★

    "Cuisine is not cinema"

    I'm not one for fine dining (no brains or snails or frogs for me thank you very much) but in Menus-Plasirs Les Trogrois Wiseman captures the artistry, labour & love that goes into running a 3 star Michelin restaurant. The Trogrois family's devotion to detail and the zeal with which they prepare their meals is strangely affecting. At times, the chef Cesar Trogrois, as he works on his marinade, feels like Michael Mann's Enzo Ferrari putting together…

  • Drive-Away Dolls

    Drive-Away Dolls

    ★★

    Drive-Away Dolls is a 84 minute film that feels 2 hours long. It has the beats of a Coen brothers comedy (stupid criminals, silly accents, fast-talking dialogue) but almost none of it is...funny. Geraldine Viswanathan is good as a buttoned-up, wound-tight 'straight man' type but Margaret Qualley tries to do a version of Nic Cage in Raising Arizona and fails miserably. Beanie Feldstein is one of the funniest people working in movies today so it's a shame that she only…

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  • Killers of the Flower Moon

    Killers of the Flower Moon

    ★★★★★

    "Whose land is this, Henry?"
    "My land...my land"

    Killers Of The Flower Moon is an aching, somber epic about a blood-stained American dream born out of treachery, murder & the dispossession of Native Americans. In Mollie & Ernest's cursed love, we see genocidal white supremacy in all its paternalism, greed, & dehumanization. Lily Gladstone's steely-determination to survive in the face of extermination made me tear up multiple times. But it's the ending completely wrecked me. I can't think of another movie where the…

  • Oppenheimer

    Oppenheimer

    ★★★★★

    “Theory will only take you so far”

    The most ingenious aspect of Oppenheimer is the film’s structure. For the first two hours, the glimpses of Oppenheimer’s security hearing are overshadowed by a series of 20-30 second scenes, like split uranium atoms, create the propulsive energy for the successful explosion at Los Alamos.

    But Oppenheimer barely gets to savor his triumph before the film scratches to a halt. The brilliant physicist finds himself discarded by the government, bound by reputation to…

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