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My favorites are four of my favorites, not my four favorites. Cause who makes a top four list?

Favorite films

  • The Red Shoes
  • Imitation of Life
  • Fargo
  • Pickup on South Street

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  • The Addiction

    ★★★★

  • Dial M for Murder

    ★★★★

  • The Tall T

    ★★★½

  • Logan

    ★★★½

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  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    ★★★★★

    Only Robert Altman can create worlds that feel surreal and off kilter, but also plausible and lived-in. The grumbling bars and opium-fogged brothels in McCabe and Mrs. Miller.  The countryfied propaganda and clueless star-chasers in Nashville. The naive to nasty Pinky and the invisible to invincible Millie in 3 Women.

    In The Long Goodbye, Altman doesn’t remove LA’s beautiful people and glamorous architecture. He filters them all through Philip Marlowe’s gauzy gaze, and the symbols no longer signify what they used…

  • Happy-Go-Lucky

    Happy-Go-Lucky

    ★★★★½

    At the beginning of Naked, Mike Leigh presents David Thewlis’s character as wholly malicious, attacking everyone and everything he sees. At the beginning of Happy-Go-Lucky, Leigh presents Sally Hawkins’s character as relentlessly perky, attacking everyone and everything she sees. Both protagonists  seem impossible to develop into round characters, but Leigh does it. His insight into human nature and his control of tone make his films feel lived in but profound, mundane but magical.


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  • The Addiction

    The Addiction

    ★★★★

    This film would look like Cries and Whispers if it wasn’t in black and white.


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  • Dial M for Murder

    Dial M for Murder

    ★★★★

    The parts in Hitchcock films I enjoy the least is when they spend a half hour explaining or theorizing about a crime. It’s the opposite of suspense, and really slows down the pace of the film. You see, the killer had to have access to Amazon Prime, because the film wasn’t available on other streaming services. But how could the killer have possibly known that? I was pounding my head against the wall, until I realized that the Watch Now app…

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★

    This is basically what this semester has been like trying to teach high school English via distance learning.

  • Moneyball

    Moneyball

    ★★★★½

    I’ve been a New York Mets fan for so long. With a few exceptions, I’d say it’s akin to logging Manchester By the Sea daily for the past few decades. With tightwad owners more likely to be connected to the Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme than a World Series run, they’ve often been a big market team acting like a small market one. 

    I currently live in the Bay Area, and through the years, the Oakland A’s have been almost the…