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  • The Measure of a Man

    The Measure of a Man 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 07 May, 2016

    This has garnered comparisons to the Dardennes' Two Days, One Night, which are on point. Like that film, The Measure of a Man asks the question, How much are you willing to debase yourself or others for a paycheck? Anyone who's ever lived in poverty or hovered nearby knows the answer isn't as simple as you might think. Vincent Lindon's pained, mustachioed face wears that conflict well.

  • Everybody Wants Some

    Everybody Wants Some 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 07 May, 2016

    A sex comedy par excellence, Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some!! transcends the form by staying so true to it. There's T&A, pranks, freshman hazing, "My Sharona," everything you'd expect from a movie about college guys trying to get laid circa 1980. As he did in Dazed and Confused, Linklater uses those surface details to create a specific moment in time, then moves beyond nostalgia to pinpoint what was really happening. These kids aren't just trying to get some, they're trying…

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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.