Favorite films

  • La Strada
  • Asako I & II
  • Undine
  • Bringing Up Baby

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  • Drive My Car

  • All That Heaven Allows

  • Titane

    ★★★★½

  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    ★★★★★

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  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    a complete amalgamation of the transporting powers of film; hamaguchi, seemingly driven by the ghosts of storytellers before him, employs film's arsenal of time, faces, words and their hidden meanings, gestures (so enveloping) and their not so hidden meanings, the roles we play (oh man, the ROLES we perform, that obfuscate and inform our personhood…), all to come to a fully earned "message" that i think i will carry with me for a very long time.

    in awe of how…

  • All That Heaven Allows

    All That Heaven Allows

    another christmas movie to add to the rotation. between this and little women, looking forward to voluntarily destroying my tear ducts each holiday season

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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    Yessss!!

    Always enthralled by witnessing this level of control, always hungry for that cinematic experience of at first being thrown into a new and unfamiliar landscape, as if you were a stranger introduced into a room where nothing is recognizable and even the language seems alien, but gradually, by the end of your time spent in this uncanny world, all will have sunk into your psyche, slowly but surely, until you cannot separate your own psychological synapses from those of…

  • Tampopo

    Tampopo

    Strong candidate for feel-good cinema's best of the best... the fact that Tampopo's impetus is wholly concerned with sensory pleasure plays no small part. It looks good, it sounds good (the giddy delight of hearing slurping noodles is woefully underrated in western culture), and if celluloid were edible, I'm convinced this film, above all others, would smell and taste good too.

    Feel-good indeed.

    I can see this becoming a litmus test of sorts.... if you don't enjoy this, we can't be friends.