Favorite films

  • The Tree of Life
  • Spirited Away
  • Ocean's Eleven
  • Man on Wire

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  • The Last Tree

    ★★★½

  • Tigertail

    ★★★½

  • Tesla

    ★★½

  • She Dies Tomorrow

    ★★★

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  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★★★★

    This movie is so exceedingly lovely and warm and full of delights that I've struggled to find a way to write about it succinctly since seeing it so here are 10 of the most note-perfect things I loved about it:

    1. The shot of Mr. Laurence listening to Beth play piano
    2. The elliptical remix of the timeline showing how the accumulation of memories shapes who we are
    3. Laura Dern's heartbreaking delivery of the most powerful line in the…

  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★½

    Finally, the ultimate breakup movie! Watching the tragic undoing of a marriage in all of its agonizing messiness may not sound appealing, but hear me out. This movie is funny! And enormously tender. It gets that people rarely break apart entirely when love (and especially children) are involved. There’s a melancholy in reminiscing about the good times and that hope for what comes next. Adam Driver and ScarJo as the divorcing couple are pitch-perfect and make all the complexities of…

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★½

    Don't be fooled by the chatter and controversy surrounding this movie. It's much ado about nothing. Joker isn't about mental illness. It's not about white male rage, or societal injustice, or (fill in the blank). It's not about, well, ANYTHING, really. It only traffics in ideas in its attempts to provoke. The problem is it isn't provocative.

    That's not to say it isn't artfully done. The camerawork and design are gritty and claustrophobic. Joaquin Phoenix is giving a physical performance…

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    A short essay on The Irishman in which I try to convince you to watch a 3.5-hour movie about mortality…

    “Epic” is an overused term in describing some movies (also, everything else). Sure, a movie can be BIG and LOUD, but what makes it “epic” is in the culmination of small, pivotal moments that build to themes on a grand scale. The Irishman is epic. None of the moments in its very extended runtime are wasted. What seems tedious at…