Matthew Yglesias

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Favorite films

  • Blade Runner
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • Ocean's Eleven
  • American Psycho

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  • Mean Girls

    ★★

  • The Zone of Interest

    ★★★★

  • The Score

    ★★

  • Payback

    ★★★★

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  • Mean Girls

    Mean Girls

    ★★

    The original "Mean Girls" is great. The new "Mean Girls" has a bunch of good moments derived from the original, but they also added a bunch of songs and the songs are not good. If you're going to make a musical, you need good songs!

  • The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    ★★★★

    More of an art project than a movie in a conventional sense but it's definitely compelling.

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  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Some real mastery here just in that it’s a 2.5 hour movie set in the world of classical music and it’s honestly not boring.

    There’s a lot of cool small choices here that I think are worth noting. 

    — Sound design: The movie is about music but it uses long scoreless stretches and creepy silences (shots of cars that don’t make noise) to make us question what’s going on exactly when Lydia hears things. 

    — Cancel culture: Lydia is commiserating…

  • Maestro

    Maestro

    ★★★

    There's a lot of skilled craft on display here, but I didn't really get this.

    It reminded me a lot of Napoleon — these are biopics about famous and important figures that don't actually explain why their subjects are important. As it happens, I know a lot about Napoleon and very little about Leonard Bernstein. So I was genuinely confused about this story. Why isn't Lenny fighting in World War II? What is this television show? How did he get…

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