Favorite films

  • Princess Mononoke
  • Cries and Whispers
  • The Love Witch
  • Waking Life

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  • True Lies

    ★★★½

  • Wendy

    ★★★½

  • Tom & Jerry

    ★★★

  • The Game

    ★★★

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  • Waking Life

    Waking Life

    ★★★★★

    One of the truly formative movies of my life. I first saw this as a teenager, and re-watched it obsessively, listening to the score on repeat. It's likely that without this movie, I wouldn't have studied philosophy and I wouldn't have moved to Austin. Certainly, it was one of the movies that made me feel like I could just pick up a miniDV camera and start making something, start fooling around and seeing what I could come up with. I…

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    4th time on the big screen (once on a screener), but this time with a LIVE ORCHESTRA playing the magnificent, nearly-always-present score.

    A beautiful work of art through and through, in all the details. I've seen it enough times that critical thought just leaves my brain and I'm just grooving with every beat, having practically memorized every reading of every line, every glance and gesture, how the whole thing looks and sounds and feels.

    The only movie of 2017 to make me feel that way. (Or perhaps, to take it just another step further, the only movie of 2017.)

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  • The Duke of Burgundy

    The Duke of Burgundy

    ★★★★½

    I loved this movie. It's basically the movie that I keep trying to make, in one way or another. I already want to watch it again, and I wouldn't be surprised if, over the years, it becomes an all-time favorite. I was totally hypnotized by it. I'm only giving it 4.5 stars because of how much more I know I can love it upon further viewings... so this was like my 4.5-star experience of what is probably a 5-star movie, and it's up to me to expand my abilities to meet it at that 5-star level. Whatever, the point is: it's great!

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★★½

    I think it's fair to say that time is the main character in this movie. While the focus is on the boy, how time affects everyone else is equally important. Probably the most powerful element of the movie to me is Patricia Arquette's role as the mom. The weight of the 12 years is most clearly FELT through her, even as it's most clearly SEEN through the boy (because his aging is more visually extreme).

    Most of the moments and…