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  • Phoenix

    Phoenix 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Jan, 2016 3

    Loved how intimate and quiet it was, and with such an effectively disturbing undercurrent to all of the proceedings. Nina Hoss was quite perfect and Nina Kunzendorf was excellent as well. The one drawback of the film for me is in the believably of it, I suppose. They wisely didn't show any flashbacks of Nelly before her time in Auschwitz, so we don't have anything to compare post-Internment camp Nelly with her past self, but some of the plausibility seemed…

  • Mistress America

    Mistress America 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Dec, 2015

    Mistress America is probably one of my favorite films of the last couple years and certainly of this year. Gerwig's effervescence is exactly the counterpoint Baumbach's elitist cynicism needs. This film feels distinct and personal, the work of an auteur, but it's also broadly appealing. The entire portion of the film at the Greenwich house is comedic gold. It's poignant, but with a light touch, so it's not depressing at all -- quite the opposite, actually, I found it vaguely uplifting. Lovely, understated soundtrack and cinematography. Pacing is perfect, tone is perfect, really great film.

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  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Nov, 2013

    Frances Ha is wonderful with a terrific script, a comedy that always works. It feels like a coming-of-age film, despite Frances being 27 years old. And while I don't think it's meant as any kind of negative social commentary, it perfectly captured the more and more prevalent extended period between being a student or someone who is totally reliant upon parents and being a responsible adult. The filmmakers poke fun at the idiosyncrasies and lifestyle of several of the characters…

  • Thanks for Sharing

    Thanks for Sharing 2012

    ★★★ Watched 10 Jan, 2014 3

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The best and worst thing about Thanks for Sharing is that it's a comedy about addiction ruining people's lives. Keeping things relatively light made the film enjoyable. I liked all the performances, with the highlight being P!nk, of all people. The romance was cute enough, the pacing was excellent, and I was always rooting for the characters. I'm not 100% happy with the conclusion that neatly arranges the characters into a good place of growth, but I did find the…