Simon Woods

Avid cinephile looking to expand my horizons.

Top 4 are favorite first-time watches of the past month.

Favorite films

  • Angel
  • Heat
  • After Hours
  • The Clock

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  • Angel

    ★★★★★

  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    ★★★★½

  • Jurassic Park

    ★★★★

  • In Bruges

    ★★★★½

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  • Angel

    Angel

    ★★★★★

    Oh wow. Oh wow wow wow.

    Lubitsch achieves levels of subtext and underplayed heartbreak here that genuinely had me gasping. Not just in the aching power plays of Maria and Antony's denial of recognition before conceding to the emotion they can't contain (though that is truly incredible), but also in quietly devastating physical nuances throughout. The face of the old flower lady as Antony cries in anguish: the haunting emptiness as Frederick enters the room where Angel should be: the…

  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    ★★★★½

    About as ridiculously entertaining a thriller as I've seen. Grungy and paced to perfection. One of the great closing shots.

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  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★½

    Did I really just watch this twice in the span of 24 hours? You bet your ass I did!

    Well, to be fair, the second viewing was with my music-obsessed girlfriend. And I don't regret it one bit, because holy shit this was great. I love being able to feel this exhilarated by a new film, it's something I haven't felt to this extent in a while. Definitely something I know will be pretty consistently in my rewatch cycle from now on. And that soundtrack will be on repeat for a while.

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    A Woman Under the Influence

    ★★★★★

    No words. Absolutely devastating. Gripped and entranced for two and a half hours. Falk is revelatory, Rowlands is in a class by herself. What a livewire of a movie, despite how little actually happens.

    I feel like I have more to say, but genuinely cannot articulate right now. Powerful shit.