Sam Van Hallgren

Sam Van Hallgren Pro

Producer, co-founder Filmspotting.

"Favorite Films" my fave of each of the last four years (h/t Tim Hoiland).

Favorite films

  • Asteroid City
  • White Noise
  • The Lost Daughter
  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

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  • Dune: Part Two

    ★★½

  • GoodFellas

    ★★★★★

  • Rashomon

    ★★★★½

  • Dune

    ★★★★

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  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★½

    I appear to be on the same journey here that I went on twenty years ago with the Lord of the Rings movies. I really dug Fellowship! And then I could not for the life of me get on board with the other two.

    Even while I respect and applaud the craft and much of the acting, I seem to have a low tolerance for, I don't know, sprawling myths? The first Dune, like Fellowship, offered enticing clues about a…

  • GoodFellas

    GoodFellas

    ★★★★★

    This is an incredibly naive thing to say, but it’s been at least 20 years since I’ve seen this movie, probably 25, and I genuinely could not believe how great it was? Like just one astonishing thing after another. 

    I think about how The Tarantino Effect had late teens/early 20s me thinking of Scorsese as kind of tired, or at least representing a less exciting maybe even retrograde perspective. And even as I have left that kind of thinking far…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    I've taken all of your criticisms into account and have determined that you're all wrong.

  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset

    ★★★★★

    The first shot of Celine in the bookshop. The car ride when they nearly touch each other. The look on Celine's face as they walk up the stairs. Nina Simone.

    The whole f'ing thing.