Favorite films

  • The Sniper
  • Body Snatchers
  • Harlan County U.S.A.
  • Sudden Impact

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  • Midnight Mass

  • Clockwatchers

  • The Manchurian Candidate

  • The Hunted

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  • Thief

    Thief

    "I can see my money is still in your pocket, which is from the yield of my labor. (...) You're making profits from my work. My risk. My sweat. — But that is okay. Because I elected to make that deal. But now, the deal is over. I want my end, and I am out."

    "Why don't you join a labor union?"

    "I'm wearing it."

    (cue ominous suggestion of a gun)

  • The Descent

    The Descent

    I have a backlog of other things to log and will get to that eventually, or not, but wanted to say:

    For someone who’s spent most of the pandemic huffing Real Housewives* and (lately) Survivor, who’s also used much of that time to get acquainted with certain weirdo Australian authors and their fluctuating relationships to friendships between women (ie Helen Garner) or claiming and being claimed by ‘the land’ (Patrick White), this rewatch proved disconcertingly relevant. It wasn’t planned that way. 

    A few thoughts…

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  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    Good acting. But. 

    If you’re a student at the kind of high school from which kids regularly graduate to attend Stanford and Harvard and Georgetown and Yale and even get recruited to bypass the whole college scam and start working at Google immediately, and if these other kids manage to find ways to be social and deviant while doing the work it takes to get into those schools, are you really going to think you have to sacrifice being social…

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    I like this movie quite a bit, but why do people keep lying about it? 

    It’s clear that the problem with this movie is that Bradley Cooper—lead actor, director, co-writer, co-producer—has pushed himself so far into its center that he doesn’t seem to realize he’s not actually supposed to be its star. Buddy, you’re pretty much here to be a tragedy—not even a heroic fuckup, really, but a painful liability. And so many of the film’s other perceived flaws—anti-popness, especially—proceed…