Favorite films

  • Paper Moon
  • It Chapter Two
  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
  • The Aristocrats

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  • If You're Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast

    ★★½

  • The Power of the Dog

    ★★★

  • Don't Look Up

    ★★★

  • Raya and the Last Dragon

    ★★½

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  • The Rescue

    The Rescue

    ★★★★½

    If this were fiction, it would be written off as a manipulative, corny, & narratively ridiculous argument for the power of the human spirit. As a documentary, it’s an inspiring, assured, laser-focused, & terrifyingly heart-dropping disaster-adventure-drama, proof that sometimes the truth of a story can be a significant part of its appeal. Told through original footage, incredible talking head interviews, & Touching-the-Void-level reenactments, it’s among the most thrilling films of 2021.

  • Encanto

    Encanto

    ★★★★½

    My favorite Disney film since Frozen. While it has some of the current Disney tropes, it’s refreshing to watch a film & not know where it’s going – unique characters, plot twists, story turns, emotional gut-punches. It’s a movie about magic that reminds us that real magic is when one person puts someone else above themselves. A vibrantly beautiful, hopeful, exciting, & consistently funny treasure that argues that when we prioritize the facade of strength & love over their reality, we lose both.

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  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★

    2021's Nomadland: a gorgeous, critically unimpeachable slow-burn drama that can't live up to the hype and is just a bit too oblique for my taste. However, it's also reminiscent of Assassination of Jesse James and There Will Be Blood, both of which required a second viewing for me to appreciate them fully…so who knows? Maybe it's actually great? That certainly seems to be the consensus…?

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★★

    If we’ve learned anything from Don’t Look Up, it’s that you can’t send Ron Perlman to do a Bruce Willis job.

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  • Heavenly Creatures

    Heavenly Creatures

    ★★★★★

    It is not easy to successfully make a fantasy-biopic, but Jackson nails it with his visceral eye and personal tone. The true story of two young best friends whose relationship grows dark is a truly breathtaking breath of fresh air. The performances and script are funny, somber and disturbing, all the while managing to stay warm. Bold and brave, complex and horrifying, difficult and rewarding, Heavenly Creatures is cooler and angstier than a costume drama usually is.

  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★★

    “It makes me sad to think my feelings are just programming”. This line is spoken by a robot, yet speaks to the very core of our fears, our ticks, and our basic human condition. Her is remarkable in that sense: capturing our very essence through the guise of a sci-fi romance between a man and his Siri-like girlfriend. It touches on our fears of dullness, our searching for ways to fill the void, even our questions on what makes a…