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  • Best of Enemies

    Best of Enemies 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Jan, 2016

    In showcasing William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal’s televised debates during the 1968 Republican and Democratic National Conventions, Best of Enemies expertly illustrates how our political past has informed our political present. There's a fine line between intellectual debate and irrational argument, as well as a slippery slope from enlightening television to mindless cable news punditry. A watershed moment in TV history, and one with unintended and unsettling consequences.

  • The Wolfpack

    The Wolfpack 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 Jan, 2016

    Seven children were raised in the isolation of a tiny Brooklyn apartment by their anti-social (to put it lightly) father. With nothing else to cling to, they became enamored with movies, obsessively watching and re-enacting Reservoir Dogs, The Dark Knight, Halloween, etc. to connect with a world of which they knew nothing. Crystal Moselle’s documentary is a powerful testament to the transformative nature of art and pop culture.

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  • Ruby Sparks

    Ruby Sparks 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Oct, 2012 4

    I've written ten screenplays and several short films. The most widely read script of mine has been read by about half-a-dozen people, but I still consider myself a writer first and foremost. As you're writing, your work is solely yours. Once you've finished, it remains yours. But as soon as you release it into the world, as soon as you share it with one friend or colleague, that changes. It doesn't belong to you anymore. Sure, if your work is…

  • Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 05 Apr, 2012

    A lot of people seem to be backing away from Donnie Darko nowadays, distancing themselves from it like it's a particularly painful memory, an unwelcome flashback to their high school days. Well, maybe so. But don't blame that on the movie. I'm not going to give it credit for profundity that it doesn't have, except that it kind of does. A mysterious puzzle of a film, but pleasingly straightforward about its oddness. Gyllenhaal, Barrymore, and Swayze doing the best work of their careers.