“Cinema can fill in the empty spaces of your life and your loneliness.” - Pedro Almodóvar
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Peter Pan & Wendy 2023
Everything Lowery does with Captain Hook in his intriguing adaptation of The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up is fascinating and worth a second look. In fact, I can say the same thing about Wendy Darling. Lowery does not disappoint with a grown up rendition that kids can easily enjoy and learn from. Plus, it looks freaking stunning. I loved it.
Mulholland Drive 2001
It’s strange to be calling yourself.
Maybe it’s not me.
Mulholland Drive is one of the most fascinating films you could possibly see. A mystery that you don’t even know if it’s a mystery. An enigma, an endlessly fascinating one. You could watch it once, a second time, a third time, the same thing, the same 143 minutes (excluding credits) again and again and again, and every single time it reveals something new, it resets all past interpretations you could’ve…
Strange Days 1995
“I see the world opening up and swallowing us all.”
What a smooth journey. Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett are outstanding in this. They’re a couple of well-matched leads I never knew I needed until now. Strange Days is the first movie directed by Kathryn Bigelow that I’ve seen if you can believe it, and I don’t know if her other features are this good, but I can’t wait to find out. A brilliant, violent, timely, high-stakes sensory virtual reality trip that I think more people should see. If for nothing else, do it for Fiennes and Bassett, they are truly terrific.
A cinematic gem. Absolutely excellent.
I’m not gonna sit here and say this is the most WTF movie I’ve seen, but it is very smart, subversive and incredibly well-written. You will not guess where this movie goes. Quite a treat for horror fans, and the storytelling approach it’s absolutely wonderful to experience. I suspect Barbarian is gonna take some hard criticism from mainstream audiences, but there’s some brilliant entertainment to be had here. This movie is alive and free to surprise us.
Argentina, 1985 2022
Superbly acted, written and directed, and it sums up to pretty much the most riveting and engrossing film I’ve seen all year. Argentina, 1985 moved me just about to tears in multiple occasions. This is a strikingly powerful piece of filmmaking that deliberately sets out to inform, to reveal, to condemn. It’s urgent and relevant, and it weaves wonderful storytelling with quaint humor and vivacious energy. Taut, compelling, emotionally satisfying and really the most incredibly performed 140 minutes you’ll ever witness. Argentina, 1985 couldn’t be more timely.