JoshuaConkel

JoshuaConkel

Los Angeles based screenwriter, tarot reader, general kook. I'm super gay.

Favorite films

  • Harold and Maude
  • Female Trouble
  • Heathers
  • The Apple

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  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    ★★★★★

  • Weekend

    ★★

  • Blonde Death

    ★★★★★

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    ★★★★★

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  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    Cléo from 5 to 7

    ★★★★★

    A very simple story about a c-list pop star walking around Paris while she waits for a call from her doctor. Cleo is such a well-drawn, deeply layered character played beautifully by Corrine Marchand. We go on a really lovely journey with her between the hours of 5 and 7. It's funny and moving and nerve-wracking and kind of just the full gamut. Agnes Varda never got her due among the French new wave directors, probably because of sexism. This is among the best of the genre I've seen.

  • Weekend

    Weekend

    There's so much I admire about this film without actually liking it. The chic 60s costumes, the mod lettering, the surrealistic images of the French countryside. It's dumb in that Dada sort of way that Daisies is, but unlike Daisies, this movie hates you. It's snotty where Daisies is joyful. It wants to annoy you. It wants to be grating. In that sense, it's successful.

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  • The Apple

    The Apple

    ★★★★★

    If you don't like this movie, I don't like you.

    Made in 1980, The Apple is set in the far flung future of 1994 when a record label helmed by a man who is secretly the devil has taken control of the government. Bible references and terrible musical numbers abound... and thank God.

    This movie is the best and you're ugly if you don't like it.

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    This film is so gratingly pleased with itself. It's not half as clever as it thinks it is and Hansel Eggbort (I don't have time to look up his real name) is the least charming actor I've ever seen in a Major Motion Picture.

    Direct your attention, instead, to Atomic Blonde, the comp that came out at the same time and is everything this movie is not.