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  • Cats



    Still one of the most delightfully ambitious, affectionate, gag-a-minute feelgood movies I’ve seen in ages. So wonderfully strange and earnest. I do have a couple significant objections (the racist way the film deploys the featured dancers of Les Twins, the decision to keep both “fat cat” songs in their entirety and add more adlibs from them, the particular placement of Beautiful Ghosts leading to a pretty long downer segment that undercuts Gus the Theater Cat) and yet very few films…

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman


    My fiancè tells a story about this guy she helped on the customer service line at work. This guy had his dues set to be paid at the end of the month, and he said, “oh, great! i have a surgery set two days prior.” she offered to set a delayed due date and he said, “no, no, i’m just hoping i die on the table. 73 is too long. after 66, it’s just burying people you love. so, yeah, we’ll see what happens!”

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  • The History of the Seattle Mariners

    The History of the Seattle Mariners

    Dave Niehaus does what he loves so beautifully I cannot help but be envious.

    A story that hits astounding, joyful highs and desperate, crushing lows. Jon’s trademark humanism and his particular visual panache for stats, news clippings, and infographics made me fall in love with baseball all over again. I’m a Mariners fan now.

  • World of Tomorrow Episode Three: The Absent Destinations of David Prime

    World of Tomorrow Episode Three: The Absent Destinations of David Prime


    There are little lines in these films that Potts will say that completely blow every other genre story out of the water, and Potts is so masterful at delivering them like they’re just any little line. 

    So it is for the Davids. I think it’s important to note that David Prime starts this film in what seems like a deeply unfulfilling life, and that immediately becomes the kind of good thread inherent to World of Tomorrow. Is David unhappy because…

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  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina


    Ex Machina is simultaneously a film of this moment and a film which can last beyond it; its concerns about the objectification and domestication of women, its depiction of the hypermasculine domestication by web technologists of its consumers, and its concerns about levity in a time of moral panic all should hold some resonance for many years and spin from our very current concerns. One of the better dramas of the last several years, Ex Machina has that special touch…

  • Black Swan

    Black Swan


    Every time I watch Black Swan, I catch new layers, new jokes, new ways to understand why it operates the way it does. It's certainly one of the most underrated films I've seen.