Billy Soistmann

Billy Soistmann

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Location Scout. New York, NY.


Favorite films below are the four most recent I gave five stars.

Favorite films

  • Ratatouille
  • Coco
  • The Sound of Music
  • Home Alone

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  • The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★

  • The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★

  • Don't Look Up

    ★★★

  • Things Heard & Seen

    ★★★

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  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★

    A bit disappointing but much better than the other sequels. I’m not convinced it makes much sense but Wachowski is certainly swinging for the fences. That in and of itself in a blockbuster like this is admirable. 

    The film is best when it’s Neo and Trinity and falters (as usual) in the real world. I really don’t understand Mr. Smith’s role…

  • The Lost Daughter

    The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★

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

    Left me wanting a lot more, which I’m sure was intentional. Frustrating in what it doesn’t show… Leda’s relationship with her daughters in the present, Nina’s relationship with Toni, and a lot more. 

    Still, resisting the urge to turn into a traditional thriller is a strong point here. Great performances all-around - especially Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley. There’s a melancholy throughout the film that’s never specific but gets to you. 

    Assured direction for a debut as well. Will be thinking about this for a while…

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  • The Salesman

    The Salesman

    ★★★★★

    Another great film from Farhadi. I was blown away by A Separation when I saw it and recently watched About Elly.

    This movie is an improvement on both of those, shocking considering how great they both are. The script strikes a balance between mundane realism and a very carefully-orchestrated plot that gets its characters where they need to be for the story. It's a lot of fun to watch even before 'the event' takes place that we focus on until…

  • Modern Times

    Modern Times

    Apparently I never finished watching this the first time. That was a mistake. I mean, it's Chaplin, what can I say? Really funny, extremely well-crafted, and full of heart. Paulette Goddard's character is a fantastic counterpart to the Tramp.