Favorite films

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • The Graduate
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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  • Passing

    ★★★★

  • Parallel Mothers

    ★★★★

  • Red Rocket

    ★★★½

  • C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★

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  • A Hero

    A Hero

    ★★★★

    May not live up to the lofty expectations we'd expect from his masterpieces, but this is still another riveting, knotty social parable from a master dramatist. Amir Jadidi's Rahim is a perfect focal point on which to hinge the film's moral dilemmas. At once conveying innocence and world-weariness, his face is an enigmatic marvel.

  • The Hand of God

    The Hand of God

    ★★★★

    Paolo Sorrentino's visual and aural style is as sensuous and vibrant as ever in this deeply personal coming of age story. The first half is especially compelling as it effortlessly explores the protagonist's family dynamic with bountiful humor, love and heartache. Starts to lose steam when it reaches for "IMPORTANCE" in the aftermath of tragedy, but it always kept my interest.

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  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★

    With some experimental visual concepts and philosophical themes, Soul marks a welcome departure for Pixar into more ambitious, mature work.
    Though its heady nature sacrifices some of their trademark emotional power, this is truly accomplished and elegant filmmaking otherwise. Wondrous animation, lovely music and thought-provoking script.

  • Quo vadis, Aida?

    Quo vadis, Aida?

    ★★★★

    Powerful stuff thanks largely to the subject, but also Jasmila Žbanić's strong storytelling. It really digs into the nitty-gritty procedural details of war, building a tense atmosphere of dread. Would make an interesting, albeit depressing double feature with "Dear Comrades", another woman-centric account of a historical armed conflict.