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  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    The Bridge on the River Kwai


    I'd never seen this classic movie before, and my preconceptions about it were almost completely wrong. I guessed that the cinematography would be phenomenal. But I was so surprised at how funny this movie is, how entertaining it is (obviously hadn't realized it was directed by David Lean or I'd have been more clued-in about that!) and especially at how anti-war it is. Especially how critical it is of the egos and nationalism that often go along with militarism and…

  • Velvet Goldmine

    Velvet Goldmine


    Watched this one again the same day I went to the Bowie Is exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, just to stay in the glam world a little longer. 

    I admire the style and structure of this even more than when I first saw it. Todd Haynes is so fearless and so clear about his aesthetic, I love him more than ever. (Though that doesn't mean I'm gonna spend time with Wonderstruck.)

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers: I like him, but he doesn't…

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  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina


    I really admire Alex Garland for making this his directorial debut. It's small in scale, but ambitious in its intensity and focus, and in how dark and negative it is about men, especially in relation to women.

    I see this movie as an allegory for the internet and its treatment of women. As Adam Savage said in his wonderful story for The Moth, if the internet was a person, that person would have a serious problem with women. ( In…

  • My Dinner with Andre

    My Dinner with Andre


    I watched the first half one night while very tired. When Andre was still going on and on about Grotowski 40 minutes in, I turned it off and went to bed.

    Well, the second half was a LOT better, I'm so glad I finished it. The conversation focuses on pretty standard Buddhism-inspired ideas of mindfulness and awakening to one's life and not behaving like a zombie in a world full of unthinking and unaware people. But I really liked how…