Favorite films

  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Morvern Callar
  • Where Is My Friend's House?
  • An Angel at My Table

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  • Speed

    ★★★★

  • Sisters

    ★★★★½

  • To Live and Die in L.A.

    ★★★★

  • Hot Tub Time Machine

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  • Sisters

    Sisters

    ★★★★½

    Catching up on some De Palma blindspots this summer & wow, Sisters might be my new favorite? I’m still a total sucker for the Hitch stuff, but I love how De Palma’s references are never seem to be ends in themselves. They don’t feel merely derivative. 
     
    Some observations:

    1) The Vertigo/Psycho-like extreme close-up Grace’s eye here is situated within a surreal Spellbound-like dream sequence, and that placement in the dream, in part, centers the focus more firmly around the female experience—Grace’s…

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    It was a movie! In the theater!

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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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

    Random (very spoilery) notes:

    -The title/place name is oddly specific for such a nondescript town/place. Why the title? Is the town name important? Is it a small town? Large town? Small enough for one character to know about another character’s illness, but too big for hospital staff to know they shouldn’t put the perpetrator of violence in the same room with the victim of his violence? (But also, the hospital is so small-town they don’t have a separate burn unit?)…

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★½

    Rather nervously sat down to watch this with our two teen daughters. I thought it might be traumatizing, too close to home, especially for our oldest, who has severe social anxiety and depression. But we stayed up til 2 AM afterwards talking. There were tears and hugs. They told us stuff they feel now and stuff they’d felt in middle school that they couldn’t say before. They saw themselves onscreen and saw someone knew and someone cared. 

    So grateful to  Bo Burnham and the medium of film — my girls felt seen.