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  • Black Widow
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  • Christmas Holiday

    ★★★

  • What Happened Was...

    ★★★★

  • Naughty & Nice

    ★★★★

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  • Sisters

    Sisters

    ★★★★★

    Whenever you introduce a De Palma, it's always in the same defensive "De Palmagist" attitude, and sometimes I think the love there is strictly in who he is -- but also, maybe unnecessary reservations because De Palma is actually a proficient director. What are we apologizing for?

    Sisters may be the best film in which he uses all his talents (and kinks) in a thematically pleasing way. Sure, he's known for trashy delights in the soft hue of austere outrageousness,…

  • Slam Dance

    Slam Dance

    ★★★★

    Slam Dance, for me, is a psychological sublimation to the likes of Vertigo, Jacob's Ladder or Liebestraum. I choose to believe it is purely an adventure in escapist fantasy, driven home by Drood's creative inclinations prone to introverted delusions from reality, reconciling the demise of his nuclear family to that of being swept up in a noir plotline. A little neo-Jungian noir playground. Virginia Madsen's character is not the traditional Femme Fatale however, is actually his inner anima "Yolanda the…

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  • Christmas Holiday

    Christmas Holiday

    ★★★

    Tragedy at its finest blending feel-good holiday cheer with a doomed romance. Gene Kelly sells his undeniable charm so sincerely that it will melt your heart and weaken your knees, it's unfortunate however that the plot wavers in developing his dark side and becomes somewhat unconvincing. Despite this, Deanna Durbin is fantastic as the naive cutie-next-door who succumbs to Gene's whims and falls madly in love despite his proclivity towards trouble. With a little more foreboding I think it could…

  • What Happened Was...

    What Happened Was...

    ★★★★

    If the holidays are depressing to you, this might be the answer you need. Not that this movie is any consolation to feelings of emptiness or even a holiday movie per se. It's a movie I'd die for in college, setting the monotony of a regular occurrence like say... meeting someone on a date into a spiral of philosophical and emotional discoveries. The movie isn't representing this one date, it is representing all dates, everyone who ever tried to make…

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  • The Daytrippers

    The Daytrippers

    ★★★★½

    A Proto-Little Miss Sunshine: unseen micro-budget family van ride story. Everyone’s idiosyncrasies and flaws comedically on display, subtle holiday feel goods of Seinfeld relatability.

    Highlight is Liev Schrieber playing “smartest guy in the room” writer-type who loves indulging about his Kafkaesque novel and aristocracy. Parker Posey plays mostly blasé cool Posey (I’m not complaining) who chain smokes and has a weakness for said intellectual writer types (raises hand), and Hope Davis as adorable older sister tracking down her husband in…

  • Career Opportunities

    Career Opportunities

    ★★★★★

    I really love this movie, and not for the obvious reason, so here’s a little female perspective for you chuds.

    Whaley is so incredibly charming as doofy outcast, never over-fixated with Josie, but relatable self-involved idiosyncratic Jim. Right on the cusp of the “mall movie” aka Clueless, Mallrats, etc. quirky shenanigans in the only place young people can convene after high school and before twenty-one. Includes intense flashbacks to the time I worked at PetSmart for the summer, not really…