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  • Little Miss Sunshine

    Little Miss Sunshine

    ★★★★★

    "I'd like to dedicate this to my grandpa, who showed me these moves."

    I'd only seen Little Miss Sunshine once before, in the second semester of my senior year of high school. I was reeling from a pretty major setback in determining my major in college; I won't go into the gory details, but I was grappling with an enormous amount of insecurity, loss of identity, and imposter syndrome. Part of my means of escaping this was watching a bunch…

  • Fiddler on the Roof

    Fiddler on the Roof

    ★★★★★

    To celebrate my 26th birthday last week, I fit in some of my favorite movies. After rewatching The Awful Truth in the morning and dipping into the first fifteen minutes of The Social Network while taking a bath (very luxurious!), I managed to coerce a few friends to commit to remotely watching all three hours of this movie.

    Listen. Fiddler on the Roof is my favorite musical. No other show moves me as deeply as this one. It cracks me…

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  • The Princess Bride

    The Princess Bride

    ★★★★½

    Second quarantine viewing of this one! Got to watch it virtually with a friend who had somehow never seen it. What a pleasure.

    Fun fact about me! If I think about Peter Falk saying "As you wish" at the very end of this movie, I'll get really emotional! And then that incredibly silly song plays over the end credits and I laugh and laugh and laugh.

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    Aaron Sorkin's characteristic banter is so ill-fitting with this story. The history is genuinely fascinating and infuriating, but Sorkin's schtick is so self-aware and goofy that most of this movie feels like a parody.

    There are so many fundamental issues with The Trial of the Chicago 7, starting with its complete lack of a point of view about its subject. Sorkin makes some vague attempts to connect this story with the Trump presidency, but it seems like he never makes…

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  • The Departed

    The Departed

    ★★★★★

    When The Departed came out, why was it cool to pretend that it was a minor Scorsese effort?

    It's a fascinating film in the Scorsese canon for a number of reasons. It's got everything that makes a great one (bravura performances, his trademark kinetic direction, the frantic Thelma Schoonmaker editing, an impeccable soundtrack, top-notch writing littered with generous profanity), but with its fundamentally classical plot structure, it feels like it is of a different cloth than Goodfellas or Raging Bull…

  • The Pumpkin Eater

    The Pumpkin Eater

    ★★★★½

    Man, Anne Bancroft is something in this, isn't she?

    Her performance can truly only be described as something of a tour-de-force. It's an outstanding testament to her skill, her focus as an actor. The dedication to physicality, the rich inner turmoil, the clarity and pain in her eyes. It's really tremendous. Pinter gives her an enormous challenge with the role but she succeeds beautifully. Opposite her is a strong Peter Finch, but make no mistake: it's Bancroft's world and we're just living in it.