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Favorite films

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Die Hard
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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  • The Prestige

    ★★★★★

  • Batman Returns

    ★★★

  • Spenser Confidential

    ★★

  • The General

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  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    ★★★★★

    Best Nolan? Best Nolan.

  • Batman Returns

    Batman Returns

    ★★★

    Man, this is a weird one. 

    It’s weird in a Tim Burton way, so at least it’s charming, but I would not blame anyone that doesn’t enjoy this. Batman is a secondary character and an army of penguins fight Christopher Walken. Really strange stuff.

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  • Vulfpeck: Live at Madison Square Garden

    Vulfpeck: Live at Madison Square Garden

    ★★★★★

    This is the greatest concert film of the generation. It’s Stop Making Sense for the YouTube generation. It’s The Last Waltz of the social media age. We do not deserve Vulfpeck.

    Not only is the concert incredible, but every artistic decision is a slam dunk. The meditation intermission, the set design, the call-and-response with the audience — they all land in the best way. 

    But the camera work is brilliant. Instead of making us feel like we’re at the show, we feel…

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs

    ★★★★★

    I cannot imagine what the Oscars were like 30 years ago when a horror movie about a cannibal swept all of the major awards. I mean, it was deserved. The Silence of the Lambs rules. Its horrifying in the best way. You can't look away.

    Every Demme choice is just so good. The weird close up shots and the constant male gaze that Clarice has to endure create such an interesting sense of discomfort. Even as viewers, we feel watched.…