Matt Strohl

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Favorite films

  • The Intruder
  • Muriel, or the Time of Return
  • The Savage Innocents
  • The Round-Up

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  • Social Animals

    ★★★

  • Murder Mansion

    ★★½

  • Spaceman

    ★★★½

  • Hired to Kill

    ★★★½

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  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    ★★★★★

    My piece for the upcoming volume Life Above the Clouds: Philosophy in the Films of Terrence Malick, on the relevance of Plato to Knight of Cups and Song to Song. I decided to just post it on my blog to make it easier to incorporate pictures. 
    strohltopia.com/2021/08/24/platonic-myths-of-eros-in-knight-of-cups-and-song-to-song/

  • The Intruder

    The Intruder

    ★★★★★

    Most of Denis’ work has an elliptical quality; she forsakes the usual connective tissue of exposition and instead shows us evocative shards of narrative. L’Intrus pushes this tendency to its far extreme. At one point, we see the film’s unsympathetic protagonist, Louis Trebor, go to sleep in Geneva, Switzerland and then we see him wake up in Busan, South Korea. Further confounding the narrative, surreal waking events are juxtaposed with dreams in a way that unsettles the distinction between the…

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  • Social Animals

    Social Animals

    ★★★

    Highly derivative, outright steals a lot of jokes, but Aya Cash is the Queen of the highly derivative indie romcom and this has that comforting familiarity I’m after when I press play on this kind of thing.

  • Murder Mansion

    Murder Mansion

    ★★½

    An Old, Dark House-type thriller, mashing up gothic and giallo elements. It has a few memorable images and some good atmosphere, but it stays inert for too long and then unravels its plot in a very unsatisfying way.

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  • Past Lives

    Past Lives

    ★½

    There is no less interesting narrative subject than “a writer living in New York.” We are nevertheless overrun with such narratives, because a lot of writers live in New York and they write about themselves. As I watched, I assumed this was written by an actual playwright living in NY, and of course this is true. One major hazard of the new era of representation/write about yourself/lived experience fetishism is that we are just going to get more and more…

  • Ferrari

    Ferrari

    ★★★★½

    Michael Mann’s Red Line 7000, but also a self-portrait as the commendatore. It’s a rare biopic that’s adventurous enough with the form to make you wonder how it can all come together into a unified 2 hour movie. This isn’t built for first reactions. It’s something that will age into a more searching reception. As a late film that takes a late career stage as its subject matter, it will be a key text for the late style crowd.