Favorite films

  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • Dead Man
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Princess Mononoke

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  • Nightbreed

    ★★★★

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    ★★★★★

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★★★★

  • Hellbound: Hellraiser II

    ★★★★½

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  • Crimson Peak

    Crimson Peak

    ★★★★½

    Despite the predictable story line, this is still a fantastic work of gothic horror art from Del Toro. It knows exactly what it is, which is a slow atmospheric ode to gothic film of the past. There's ghosts, but it's not about ghosts. There's romance, but it's not about romance. What it is about, truly, is the perfect production design and tone. The film is impossible to look away from, every frame a deliciously eerie painting. I wouldn't give up…

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★★

    On my 3rd rewatch of Alex Garlands Annihilation, I've finally decided that it deserves nothing less than 5 stars. As a sci-fi film its fantastic. Filled with great performances and fresh ideas, and something lacking from a lot of modern film, thematically whole. Throughout you're constantly reminded that this is a film about more than just the characters or events on film, it's about the human problem itself. Why do we have these growths, whether mental or physical, that attach themselves to us and grow, feed off of us, bring us low? And how do we deal with them, whether healthy or unhealthy. Honestly fantastic.

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  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    Aguirre, the Wrath of God

    ★★★★★

    A stunning vision of madness, conquistadors plunging into a vast jungle they don’t belong in to find a city of gold that doesn’t exist. As they move down the river, they are confronted by harsh conditions, the natives, sickness, starvation, and worst of all the egomaniac intent on pushing them till their own destruction, Aguirre, the wrath of god. Brilliantly played by Klaud Kinski, Aguirre is subtly menacing, watching over those he views as lesser with hatred and anger in…

  • 8½

    ★★★★★

    A couple months ago I was slowly working my way through the Fellini criterion box set. I’d skipped Il Bidone for unknown reasons and meant to just continue on, but then I reached 8 1/2. I couldn’t bring myself to watch it, with its universal acclaim and god like status among film lovers, I didn’t want to be let down by a director who has grown to be one of my favorites, and so kept pushing off watching his so…