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Favorite films

  • David Byrne's American Utopia
  • Little Women
  • Leave No Trace
  • Lady Bird

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  • West Side Story

    ★★★★

  • Station Eleven

    ★★★★★

  • Eternals

    ★★★

  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    ★★

    I understand people love these films but I just find so much of this to be dreadfully slow and overblown. Sure, like everyone else I think Gollum is a great character and that spider sequence is the stuff of my nightmares, but the battles are so much repetitiveness and Gandalf is a wizard who does nothing but hit people with his staff, and that ending just goes on and on and on, and then there's that other ending and the…

  • The L-Shaped Room

    The L-Shaped Room

    ★★★★½

    "You'd be surprised how many colds go on for nine months and then weigh 6 1/2 pounds."

    An under-seen drama about a young French woman who comes to London pregnant and alone and the colorful cast of characters she meets in her new boarding house, The L-Shaped Room is a wonderful, warm-hearted film that is as detailed in its setting as it is in its characterizations. I liken it to the films of Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor,…

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  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★

    After Schmigadoon! and this, I may be in love with Ariana DeBose. She’s easily the best part of this film (I guess not surprising, it’s the role that Rita Moreno won for), followed closely by Rachel Zegler’s eyes. In a year where every film feels the need to be two and half hours, West Side Story is one that I could have seen trimmed a bit but I’m not mad at it as it is. Anyway, sacrilege or not, I think this is an improvement on the original in many ways.

  • Station Eleven

    Station Eleven

    ★★★★★

    The best show of 2021, just beating out Reservation Dogs, Succession, Mare of Easttown, and Midnight Mass. Haven’t ugly cried at the end like that in some time, but it’s the kindness and beauty of a post-apocalyptic pandemic show that surprised me and the way it plays with time and character focus giving me The Leftovers vibes that sold me in the first place.  And a great cast all around but with this and The Harder They Fall I’m stoked for whatever Danielle Deadwyler does next.

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  • The Village

    The Village

    ★★★★★

    "The world moves for love, it kneels before it in awe."

    I know my credibility as a film fan, and possibly my sanity, may be called into question, but M. Night Shyamalan's masterpiece doesn't feature ghosts, superheroes, or aliens. It involves the things we shall not speak of (but really should, like religion, politics, etc.), good colors and bad colors, and, most importantly, an affecting love story wrapped up in a timely fable of post-9/11 fear-mongering. With a surprisingly deep…

  • Before Sunrise

    Before Sunrise

    ★★★★★

    "If there's any kind of magic in this world, it must be in the attempt of understanding someone, sharing something."

    I'm not a talker. I'm too self-conscious, too timid, too introverted, preferring instead to convey my thoughts in writing, after I've given myself a proper amount of time to mull them over. Obviously this isn't logical when dealing with other human beings, we interact through our words, in the moment, through eye contact and hand gestures and dialogue. My inability…