Favorite films

  • 1917
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Phantom Thread
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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  • I Still Hide to Smoke

    ★★★½

  • PlayTime

    ★★★½

  • The Phantom of Liberty

    ★★★

  • Black Girl

    ★★★

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  • I Still Hide to Smoke

    I Still Hide to Smoke

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Wow, I Still Hide to Smoke is an excellent character drama. While it does have main protagonists, it’s main strength is it’s ensemble. Small stories told by a multitude of women in the hammam build upon each other to create a compelling story. These stories they tell are artfully written, clearly communicating the ideas of the film makers while still remaining very realistic dialogue. I find myself engaged with the dialogue of their stories. They usually start small, building into…

  • PlayTime

    PlayTime

    ★★★½

    I went into Jaque Tati’s 1967 Playtime blank, only knowing it was a comedy. What I discovered was a message of hyper-consumerism and the conformity of society that is surprisingly relevant to today. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this film and although its style of dry comedy is certainly dated, Tati’s use of it works well. The comedy relies very little on dialogue, instead focusing on physical and environmental comedy. Tati uses these comedic moments to highlight issues he saw possibly…

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  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★½

    I wholeheartedly believe that any lover of film should watch Hitchcock’s Vertigo, if only for its vibrant use of color. While the story itself is a gripping mystery somewhere between the supernatural and true crime, it is Hitchcock’s use of color that kept me glued to the screen. One cannot help but be mesmerized by the vibrant, warm reds in an upscale restaurant or the deep greens found in the forests surrounding San Francisco. Additionally, the rich mise en scene…

  • The Phantom of Liberty

    The Phantom of Liberty

    ★★★

    You could call The Phantom Liberty many things but boring is not one of them. This is one of the most chaotic and seemingly random films I have ever seen. Instead of a traditional film which has you wondering what will happen next, The Phantom Liberty causes you to wonder what is happening in the present. That being said, the absurdity, while funny and chaotic, is not executed quite as well as it could have been, leaving the viewer more…