Film Critic, Producer
|La grande bellezza
|Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
|Spring in a Small Town
|Hannah and Her Sisters
|The Beaches of Agnès
All of American life is here, all toxic masculinity and bravado, all loyalties and betrayals. The greatest voiceover narration in movies and exemplary use of source music alongside five or six amazing performances.
Just beautiful, vulnerable, atmospheric, sexy, sweltering with tension and yearning for love. Exquisite filmmaking with an acute emotional sensitivity.
La grande bellezza
Inspired modern baroque, a satire on excess and intellectual indolence that pierces the heart of Western indulgence yet revels in the creativity of man. You feel the passing of time, the cycles of the ages, the layers of history and reference that build to the 21st century. A masterpiece.
The finest superhero movie and the only watershed moment of the Marvel movement that so dominated movie-going in the first decades of the 21st century – witty, inventive, cool, Black and proud. A supreme example of cinema's ability to re-shape popular culture and experience and an exemplary clarion call of how to reframe a generation's mentality through the simple super power of representation on screen.
Hannah and Her Sisters
Funny, wise, warm-hearted; a snapshot of New Yorkers at their best and worst; hopeful and resilient, a film full of love in its many forms – familial, sexual, platonic, dormant, poignant, bruised – and a deeply philosophical film about humanity, about living together in cities and in families.
Family, history, modernity, change, confession, happiness, colour and secrets.
Dripping with dread and guilt, a film that asks how we live with ourselves, how we see ourselves (if we even look?). Masterly filmmaking control channels into scenes of shocking power.
The Beaches of Agnès
Lyrical, light, touching, reflective, using all the magic of cinema to tell a story, our story, her story. Enchanting.