Favorite films

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Big Fish
  • Boyhood
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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  • The Last of Sheila

    ★★★½

  • Brian and Charles

    ★★★

  • Hatching

    ★★★½

  • Summering

    ★½

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  • The Last of Sheila

    The Last of Sheila

    ★★★½

    Can’t really tell if the plotting is convoluted or brilliantly clever, but I think it’s a little bit of both?

    This has rarely been my sub-genre, but The Last of Sheila is mannered, well-performed, slightly misguided, and co-written by musical theatre’s greatest. It’s a very unique film.

  • Brian and Charles

    Brian and Charles

    ★★★

    Sundance Film Festival (Virtual) #14

    Brian and Charles is like a kids movie made for grown-ups. It’s charming and wholesome, full of good heart and an adventurous spirit. Total enjoyment will depend on your taste for very British comedy, but the performances and these characters remain endearing regardless. 

    This was such a lovely way to end my second virtual Sundance. It’s an exhausting few days, even just doing it at home, but I think it challenges us to stay present and…

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  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

    Cha Cha Real Smooth

    ★★★★

    Sundance Film Festival (Virtual) #6

    In many ways, Cha Cha Real Smooth feels like the next stage of Cooper Raiff's debut feature, Shithouse (one of my favorite films of 2020). Where Shithouse explores a college freshman struggling to acclimate to life away from home, Cha Cha finds an early 20s drifter lost in the sea of their post-graduate life. Both films are about encounters, fleeting in some ways and everlasting in others, romantic in nature, yet ultimately defined by two…

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★

    Regardless of your individual tolerance with Shakespeare’s use of language, Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth is a feast of immaculate filmmaking that gifts a cinematic experience as intellectually stimulating as it is emotionally stirring. This is poetic, art-house cinema that exists in its own time and space, resulting in a stunning balance between stage & screen craft that deftly communicates its narrative meaning through visual and auditory storytelling before anyone utters a single consonant or vowel. 
    Over 400 years later and…