fa⋅vor⋅ite [fey-ver-it, feyv-rit]

–noun 1. a person or thing regarded with special favor or preference: That song is an old favorite of mine.
2. Sports. a competitor considered likely to win.
3. a person or thing popular with the public.
4. a person treated with special or undue favor by a king, official, etc.: favorites at the court.

–adjective 5. regarded with particular favor or preference: a favorite child.

a lot of talk about favorites of the year and the decade lately, naturally.

my memory being what it is lately — in tatters from stress and age and whatever — i tried but couldn’t remember the movies i’ve seen over the last year, never mind ten years.

but maybe i’lll write about them as i remember them.

i just watched jonathan glazer’s birth for the second time, and i can say it’s one of the 2 most haunting films of the decade, and i use that word advisedly.

the less said about it the better, even more than usual because it’s elusiveness is central to the experience.

i can say it deals with reincarnation, but whether you believe in it or not will make no difference. and that’s not easy to do.

it’s really about belief anyway, what the word means.

be·lief (b-lf)
1. The mental act, condition, or habit of placing trust or confidence in another: My belief in you is as strong as ever.
2. Mental acceptance of and conviction in the truth, actuality, or validity of something: His explanation of what happened defies belief.

it’s contains one of nicole kidman’s best performances, and the other actors are very good as well.

definitely one of my favorites of the decade.

the other film i was thinking of was the bridge, eric steel’s documentary about people who jump off the golden gate bridge. that was the scariest movie i saw this decade.

and one of the 2 spookiest, along with kiyoshi kurosawa’s pulse.


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