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  • The Last Picture Show

    The Last Picture Show

    One time my coworker Bruno, telling me about his relationship frustrations, mused simply: “Bro… girls are mad hot, bro. That’s why we’re never gonna win. They’re all just so hot.” THE LAST PICTURE SHOW nails that vibe to a T.

  • Margaret

    Margaret

    At its heart, MARGARET is an upper-west side Jewish twerp's CHINATOWN: Lisa Cohen's struggle for answers reveals a deep network of corruption at the heart of her city. Imagine it now, in all its silly provincial drabness: "Forget it, Lisa: It's the upper-west side." Lonergan inverts the form of the noir genre, leading us less into a web of intrigue than a fractured tableau of anhedonia, hurt feelings, and boredom. His direction sucks the landscape of noirish trappings, focusing instead…

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  • Fat Girl

    Fat Girl

    *me, feeling bile rise in my throat, preparing for the last 20 minutes of this film* It’s okay... they’re just Europeans, not real people....

  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    Summer of Sham: Questlove & Co. Commit Elderly Abuse

    Near the beginning of SUMMER OF SOUL, Stevie Wonder takes the stage. I’m at the Angelika watching this incredible footage. Stevie sits at the drum set and does a mind-bending drum solo. I feel tears form in my eyes. And I remember the last time this happened to me: watching Stevie take the stage with The Rolling Stones partway through the screening of COCKSUCKER BLUES I caught at Film Forum in 2016.…