Favorite films

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • True Stories
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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  • Big Business

    ★★★★½

  • Deep Impact

    ★★½

  • Foolish Wives

    ★★★½

  • Infernal Affairs II

    ★★★½

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  • Big Business

    Big Business

    ★★★★½

    Laurel and Hardy Ranked

    I don’t normally log short films unless they amaze me, but color me amazed. It’s no surprise that Laurel and Hardy’s brand of comedy works best at its most succinct, but given how iconic their banter is, its impressive to see how well their dynamic still works without any dialogue. What helps, as ever, is James Finlayson’s god-tier stink-eye at the duo’s shenanigans (Laurel even gives one back this time and I almost died). He is…

  • Deep Impact

    Deep Impact

    ★★½

    This film is most notable for being “that movie that isn’t Armageddon,” and is the one that fared much worse critically and financially. Where it goes wrong is that Dreamworks took a very... Dreamworks-esque approach to the material and it doesn’t work. It chooses to follow very typical Dreamworks protagonists such as a journalist, a child, an aged astronaut past his prime, etc. and giving them all adorable heartfelt subplots that feel like they were appropriated from rejected Dreamworks scripts…

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  • Crazed Fruit

    Crazed Fruit

    ★★★

    Watched with the Collab Film Club

    I love the soundtrack, and the central romance between Haru and Eri was super cute (while it lasted, anyway), but I was never super riveted. Which is why the rest of this review is less a review and more me just comparing it to other movies I like a lot more. Still, it gets a favorable rating for at least giving me something to chew on.

    In some ways, this does work as a…

  • A Page of Madness

    A Page of Madness

    ★★½

    Watched with the Collab Film Club

    Atmospheric, spooky, and completely unfollowable on a narrative level. I think it’s one thing to be avant-garde and to communicate information in unorthodox ways, and another to just be a movie full of scenes of people talking to each other, just wiggling their lips with no subtitles or intertitles, and then going “okay that was the scene, hope you enjoyed.” Uh... no? Did no one tell them they were making a silent movie? Because…