Peter Charney

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Favorite films

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Big Fish
  • La La Land
  • Boyhood

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  • You've Got Mail

    ★★★★

  • Napoleon

    ★★½

  • The Velveteen Rabbit

    ★★★

  • Leo

    ★★★½

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  • The Holdovers

    The Holdovers

    ★★★★½

    In many ways, The Holdovers is a perfect Christmas movie. Filled with melancholia layered over subtle hope, this tale of outcasts weaves the heartbreak of holiday loneliness with the unexpected warmth of a season that forces one to reflect on all they’ve lost or longed for. The story is somewhat conventional on paper— it’s easy to sense the general arc from the beginning— but the simple humanity and pure connection found within this trio of characters are so complexly written…

  • The Taste of Things

    The Taste of Things

    ★★★★½

    Hamptons International Film Festival #3

    If I made any more money than I do, the first thing I’d change about my lifestyle is letting myself cook or eat out at a new place more often. Food and cooking culture has always been a large part of my life and relationships, and an enjoyment of the culinary arts is a tried and true method of giving love and staying connected to the natural world around us. 

    I love how magical The…

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  • You've Got Mail

    You've Got Mail

    ★★★★

    “Soon, it'll just be a memory. In fact, someone, some foolish person, will probably think it's a tribute to this city, the way it keeps changing on you, the way you can never count on it, or something. I know because that's the sort of thing I'm always saying. But the truth is... I'm heartbroken.”

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  • Napoleon

    Napoleon

    ★★½

    Ridley Scott’s Napoleon cobbles together a series of historical events in the form of narrative vignettes, scripting an overview of career and personal highlights/lowlights with little political or psychological depth beyond what most of us will remember from the history books. Joaquin Phoenix turns in his most unmoored performance, occasionally finding specificity and vitality opposite Vanessa Kirby’s impassioned Josephine. However, some of their shared humor is tinged with a contemporary sensibility that undermines the realism of the historical drama. Despite the…

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  • Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

    ★★★★½

    During the Q&A, a little girl asked Dean, with a completely earnest sense of curiosity: 
    “Did you make Marcel or did you find him?”

    To which Dean responded:
    “A little bit of both.” 

    She believed Marcel was real even if she knew he wasn’t.

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  • Actual People

    Actual People

    ★★★

    I love that I’ve reached the point where people my age, and younger, are making films that I’m learning about organically. Especially when it’s something at this scale, which feels totally achievable for anyone who wants to make films, but looks and sounds clean enough that it’s not distracting. 

    I was often impressed by the style of Kit Zauhar’s mumblecore dialogue, even if the content didn’t always feel naturalistic in a film that otherwise presents itself as such. I feel…