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  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Rear Window
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Mulholland Drive

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  • Now, Voyager

    ★★★★★

  • Crossing Delancey

  • Zola

  • Bound

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  • Short Term 12

    Short Term 12

    ★★★★★

    Jessica: You okay, man? How do you feel?
    Nate: Not good. I mean, that... that was crazy. They just fight like that?
    Jessica: Nate, I'm not asking you how you're feeling.
    Nate: Right. Sorry.

    There seem to be three common criticisms of Short Term 12, and I want to respond to each of them in turn:

    1. It is inauthentic/contrived.
    2. Brie Larson's character shouldn't need a backstory to explain her.
    3. It wraps itself up too neatly.

    I haven't…

  • Léon Morin, Priest

    Léon Morin, Priest

    ★★★★★

    Jean-Pierre Melville: Meet sexy singles in your area!
    Me: That's good
    Melville: Léon is handsome, medium height, athletic build, likes reading and chopping wood for the stove
    Me: That's good
    Melville: He's also celibate
    Me: That's bad
    Melville: He's looking for dates and chat
    Me: That's good!
    Melville: About theology
    Me: actually that's also good
    Melville: He's kind of homophobic
    Me: That's bad
    Melville: But he's a passionate young Marxist and he's sheltering Jews from the Nazis!
    Me: That's very…