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  • Pretend It's a City

    Pretend It's a City

    ★★★★

    There’s nowhere else like New York, there’s no one else like Fran.

  • A Teacher

    A Teacher

    ★★½

    I really liked Hannah Fidell’s own adaptation of this initial film as an FX series, and was pleasantly struck by this version.

    Unlike the series that followed this film (which chronicles a teacher engaging in an illicit affair with a student with different characters), this plays out as pure horror. Fidell’s direction lingers in scenes with no soundtrack, allowing the moment to play as it would in life, silence filling the space and sitting with you in the truth of…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★½

    There is literally no reason these two can’t be together. Ryan Gosling explains jazz to black musicians. Dresses are pretty.

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    The first time I saw this was with my partner on one of our first dates at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, NY. We snuck in a bottle of saki bought from Kingston Wines that afternoon on a road trip through our favorite small towns in the Hudson Valley. PTA’s countryside reminded me of the hills along the road we took to that theater and on this re-watch I’m desperate to feel the feeling of going to the movies again.