The Great Owl

The Great Owl

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Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues.

Favorite films

  • Out of the Past
  • Dr. No
  • Le Samouraï
  • The Maltese Falcon

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  • The Lives of Others

    ★★★★★

  • Cry Macho

    ★★★★

  • Girls' School Screamers

    ★★★★

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★½

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  • The Lives of Others

    The Lives of Others

    ★★★★★

    In 1984 East Germany, well before the era of Glasnost and the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Stasi secret police maintain strict control, infiltrating the populace by way of a vast network of citizen informants who, often under the threat of blackmail, submit reports on co-workers, friends, family members, neighbors, and even lovers. Gerd Wiesler, a well-disciplined and cold-blooded Stasi captain played by Ulrich Mühe, is fully invested in upholding the values of the German Democratic Republic through ruthless…

  • Cry Macho

    Cry Macho

    ★★★★

    The 2021 Clint Eastwood movie, Cry Macho, is not a late-career masterpiece, but it does not need to be one. Like Bronco Billy (1980) and Honkytonk Man (1982) before it, this is a refreshingly low-key offering from a director whose no-frills brand of cinema storytelling has always achieved an emotional resonance simply by way of the lived-in relatability of the lead characters. Like the lost souls who inhabit their narratives, the Eastwood films of this sort amble along with an…

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    After leaving her Ohio home and her Mennonite family, Susie, played by Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), travels overseas to West Berlin in 1977 for admission to the Markos Dance Academy, a prestigious school governed by a group of matrons, including Madame Blanc, a stern instructor played by Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange). Meanwhile, an elderly male therapist, also portrayed by Swinton in heavy prosthetic makeup, grows increasingly suspicious while investigating the disappearance of one of the school's former dance…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    In 1969, the landscape of Los Angeles is changing. The golden age of Hollywood is in the rear view mirror, as earnestly charismatic icons of cinema are ushered out in favor of complex antihero characters in increasingly cynical stories. The idealistic hippie dreams of peace and love are being corrupted with shady undercurrents. Through it all, however, traces of classic glamour, starstruck wonder, and ambitious hopes can still be glimpsed through the tendrils of cigarette smoke.

    Years after his heyday…