Favorite films

  • Judgment at Nuremberg
  • The Party's Over
  • The Player
  • Polytechnique

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  • Citizen Kane

    ★★★★★

  • Lady Bird

    ★★★★

  • Faults

    ★★★½

  • The Game

    ★★★

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  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★

    “You aren’t gonna get in a car with a guy who honks, are you?”

    Honestly, coming of age stories like this - the ones that don't just feel like some out of touch dad's best guess at what teenagers are like - need to be cherished more. There's plenty of cringe, but it comes from the authentic clinginess of being a teen that we all can relate to on some level.

  • Faults

    Faults

    ★★★½

    “Terry, someday I will be a mountain. But for now I’m a fault.” 

    The trailer and plot synopsis set you up for a specific kind of psychological thriller, and Stearns was absolutely banking on this. With a subtle bit of misdirection here and there he leads you off the path you expected and onto something that’s a little more unsettling. Mary Elizabeth Winstead really gets to show off her range as the girl being detained for deprogramming from her cult.

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  • The Game

    The Game

    ★★★

    "I don't care about money. I'm pulling back the curtain. I want to meet the wizard."

    The build up of tension over just how deep the conspiracy goes is honestly wonderful. The payoff is just ultimately kind of bland and rushed to me. I'm sorry but I don't see how that kind of guy would take away that kind of life lesson after going through all this.

  • Predator

    Predator

    ★★★★

    “If it bleeds, we can kill it.” 

    If you ever feel down on yourself for skipping the gym, just think that it’s your survival strategy to make the Predator not interested in hunting your skinny ass.