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  • Being There

    Being There

    A beautifully silly and meditative movie, one of my favorites to capture the hard-won peace of coming to the end of things. Reminds me of graduating high school and one of the most special movie-watching times of my life. Reminds me of—and get this—being there.

  • By the Light of the Silvery Moon

    By the Light of the Silvery Moon

    Birthday watch for a favorite Miss Doris Day, champion of my early classic Hollywood days and the eternal spoonful of sugar to help the medicine that is life go down. As for this movie? Just once I’d like to see justice served to the older sisters of pain-in-the-ass brothers.

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  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    Somehow the perfect Christmas, New Year’s, and Valentine’s watch—that cold, sad, compromising air that defines all winter holidays, all the days I feel like I’m the one being took.

  • East of Eden

    East of Eden

    Elia Kazan is in hell right now but god, this is just so good. People too big and mean for their antique surroundings, people throw rocks at windows, people swell with hate.