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  • The Man Who Sold His Skin

    The Man Who Sold His Skin


    This one tries to do a lot—refugee love story, humanitarian crisis drama, cynical art-world satire. None of it quite falls together. I was mixed until the ending, which manages to be confusing and offensive all at once.

  • Dumb and Dumber

    Dumb and Dumber


    When I was a kid, I thought "Tic Tac" was a slang term for pee because of the scene where Jeff Daniels says "Tic Tac, sir?" to the cop who just drank pee.

Popular reviews

  • My Psychedelic Love Story

    My Psychedelic Love Story


    I love Errol Morris, but don't love his late-career tendency to center every documentary around One Big Interview with One Single Interview Subject, such that he has to work so hard to spice up the format with flashy visual flourishes and superimposed text.

    Anyway, this was OK. I like when you can distinctly hear Errol Morris shouting at his interview subject from offscreen.

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs


    "That's Joanna Newsom's husband."
    —me whispering to my girlfriend every time Joanna Newsom's husband appears onscreen