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  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★½

    The idea of making a movie with my own father is not, to be diplomatic, one that I've often entertained, or one whose impossibility I've mourned since his death. The closest we ever came, while wandering around stoned in Prospect Park once, was a really good running joke that began with walking by a gazebo, and Dad saying "huh huh you know what'd be funny is if everyone was standing around drinking gimlets and listening to Victor Herbert" and me…

  • Michael Clayton

    Michael Clayton

    ★★★★★

    Very much A Writer's Movie, and as a writer, I say, thank you. It's also exquisitely cast and really niftily edited, and you know what, fuck it, it just fucking rules.

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  • Gotti

    Gotti

    ★½

    Until I was ten, my dad's main source of income was from bartending, and for several years in that period he worked at a place in Downtown Brooklyn that was a brisk walk from the borough's various courthouses. This is relevant for two reasons: the main one is a prize anecdote starring my dad's friend and coworker Jimmy, wherein during a particularly busy day at the restaurant John Gotti and retinue came in seeking strong drink and a bite to…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★½

    Invariably, professing a lack of interest in something and then writing about it is going to seem performative, so I won't claim complete disinterest. I will say that the reason I ultimately watched this after holding out for months is, rather than the subject matter and involved artists, that it became one of the most successful movies of all time and won the big dick award at Venice. At a certain point, curiosity overwhelms prejudice. And, now, I get it.…