Michael Colan

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Favorite films

  • The Devil's Backbone
  • Memories of Murder
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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  • Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

    ★★★½

  • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

    ★★★½

  • King of New York

    ★★★★½

  • Sherlock, Jr.

    ★★★★★

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  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    ★★★★★

    Always forget how truly reality distorting this film is by the end. Some of that is a result of creative conflicts between screenwriters Carl Mayer and Hans Janowitz and director Robert Wiene - who supported adding a framing device and the twist ending at the asylum. Some have said it’s an unnecessary twist that dilutes the screenwriter's political intentions but in retrospect, it makes the film even more unnerving for me. You could argue that it’s “all a dream” or…

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    Lynch's dream of a Hollywood fantasy that turned into a nightmare, grafted and sculpted from Star is Born iconography and then filtered into a 21st-century reality. It's a film that operates both literally and figuratively (but mostly figuratively). It is a constant waking dream, with manifestations of personalities, and Jungian shadow-selfs representing different shades of who you are in Hollywood; desires, and fears. It's confounding but always engaging. And yet, I found small threads to hang onto. Those small little…

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  • Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

    Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

    ★★★½

    The transition to digital cinematography here always irked Star Wars fans (so much so I remember seeing the promos of the force awakens with the roll of film going through the camera) and I agree it does removed a little of the film’s lived in quality but I think it also allows Lucas to go full force on his visual expressionism. The much derided choice to go completely into green screen environments does lead to mixed results but it also…

  • Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

    ★★★½

    I haven’t watched any Star Wars related things since my second viewing of Rise of Skywalker. When I look back at my old reviews of it I see myself grasping for anything that made me feel something instead of the emptiness that it left me. It was an oddly significant film, one that fully began to shift my attention away from the big franchise movies that I had spent far too long obsessing over. This isn’t to say I don’t…

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  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    ★★½

    Far From Home represents a modest improvement over its predecessor. The movie gets to develop some of its side characters, like MJ, in a way Homecoming wasn't able too, and Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio is memorable (albeit underdeveloped as a character).  Much of the same issues of Homecoming are still present in Far From Home, Peter doesn't face enough consequences to grow in meaningful ways and the screenwriters lean on the MCU and Tony Stark as a crutch when they should be focusing on the most important character of all, Spider-Man. 

    Full Review - moviesmatrix.com/2019/06/29/spider-man-far-from-home-movie-review-pending/

  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★½

    Jordan Peele's Us is a near masterclass in suspense, sustained terror, comedy and subtle ambiguous thematic storytelling. For those looking for a straight one to one social commentary like Get Out was, you won't find it here. Us almost never gives away its symbolism to the audience, leaving us racking our brains aching for answers (all in the best possible way).

    The kinds of horror films that affect me the most are not necessarily the ones that try to quote…