• The Sheltering Sky

    The Sheltering Sky

    the problem with this is that bertolucci is sort of a blockhead, which is pretty endearing when paired with a propulsiveness of form and narrative, and less so within slow and ponderous thematic work. one of those odd documents in an auteur's work which is more vital insofar as it indicates their broader worldview than as a work of artistic merit itself. this joins the master canon of great soothing work to put on as background material or to sleep to though.

  • Holy Motors

    Holy Motors

    very thought, much deep.

  • Roma

    Roma

    fellini's reputation as a middlebrow chronicler of extravagance is very odd to me because this shit is some of the most avant-garde cinema non-brakhage division out there. even someone like malick chronicles a broad emotional throughline through his narratological presentation of dasein. fellini just throws all of these different impressions of what he's interested in communicating, if that's one set objective at all, and then it works in this piecemeal form where every one part helps contextualize the other into…

  • Fellini Satyricon

    Fellini Satyricon

    disgusting, irritating, and hard to watch, which is exactly what our current reality would look like thousands of years from now. it can be hard to conceptualize that all of the cartoonish kings and sacrifice rituals and shit that you read about were actually, really real at one point in time.

  • Cries and Whispers

    Cries and Whispers

    the only feeling i ever get when watching bergman is a strong desire to be watching dreyer instead.

  • Stagecoach
  • Waking Life

    Waking Life

    please shut the fuck up please man please i'm begging you. shut the fuck up. shut the fuck up!

  • The Searchers

    The Searchers

    in an era of sickly and cowardly "reclamations of the myth", there is something essential, vital even, about a historic work that presents it in brutal and bloody totality.

  • First Man

    First Man

    for two thirds of this chazelle builds this amazing thing about the catharsis of channeling your traumas and pain to service an ideal bigger than yourself while also documenting the emotional devastation that this kind of single-minded pursuit creates, but then biffs it a bit with an ending that tries to counter this with a melodramatic arc that ties the catharsis to the act of achievement itself rather than the pursuit. it creates a flip-flop on the validity of meta-narratives that turns a very good movie into a solid one.

  • Brief Encounter

    Brief Encounter

    this kind of pitched-to-the-bleachers romantic melodrama doesn't really work for me without some thorny underbelly or a metaphysical sweep, but lean being this good at directing three years into his directing career was pretty insane.

  • The Departed

    The Departed

    "when i was your age, they would say we can become cops or criminals. today, what i'm saying to you is this: when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?"

  • A History of Violence

    A History of Violence

    allure of violence forming out of suburbia constricting safe outlets to emotionally and socially express the death drive.