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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread


    "Desire's the element that I can't fight;
    Dream is the arm of God.
    Girls looking for themselves in your eyes,
    I'm looking for you.
    Was this supposed to be some kind of perfect?
    I want more..."

    - Sam Phillips, "If I Could Write"

    Alma wants more.

    More than to be a tool in Woodcock's toolkit. She wants a partnership. A relationship. She wants to be family. And the gaping hole left by the loss of Woodcock's mother might just be…

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind


    40th Anniversary theatrical release.

    If you possibly can, round up your family and friends and go see Close Encounters while it's back for a short run in theaters.

    I saw it last night on a big, big screen in a theater with about six other moviegoers. It reminded me once again that "cinema" is a different art form than "movies." And it reminded me that Steven Spielberg 1975-1981 was an artist working on an altogether different level than what he's…

Recent reviews

  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


    I've gone digging in my DVD library to bring this back as a way to cope with the sadness of finishing Slow Horses Season One.

    Does anybody have a recommendation for another great series or film that would scratch this particular itch for a messy, cerebral spy thriller?

  • The Duke

    The Duke


    Broadbent is in a familiar mode here: lovable, good-hearted, a little dopey, talking to almost everyone like a doting grandfather talks to his small grandchildren. I can't imagine he need to prep at all. It's a far simpler character, and simpler performance, than his best work as a likable neighbor in Mike Leigh's Another Year. I always enjoy watching him, but this material is almost too slight for him.

    (But, man — has any actor been more reliable and stable than…

Popular reviews

  • Gosford Park

    Gosford Park



    1. Still my favorite Altman film.
    2. Still head and shoulders above the entirety of Downton Abbey.
    3. Still the most virtuosic choreography of a large ensemble cast I've ever seen.
    4. I miss Clive Owen.
    5. That scene with Tom Hollander eating jam in the cellar. That scene.
    6. I believe that when he goes home from work, Richard E. Grant dresses and behaves just like this.
    7. All of the moments with Claudie…

  • The Innocents

    The Innocents


    Name one movie that is

    a) directed by a woman,
    b) filmed by a woman,
    c) about women, and
    d) deeply concerned with matters of faith.

    I can think of many films directed by men, and focusing on men, that rigorously wrestle with questions about God and the problem of evil. But The Innocents is a remarkably rare event.

    Here's my full review.