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  • Monkey Business

    Monkey Business

    ★★★

    A big goofball, pun-filled romp. Not every joke works, but there are just SO MANY JOKES.

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★

    Delightful and lovable sisters frolicking free in the Japanese countryside, accompanied, rarely (sadly), by their cuddly but fierce gigantic friend Totoro and his on-call cat bus. Great.

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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. (themoth.org/posts/stories/talking-to-my-kids-about-sex-in-the-internet-age) In…

  • My Dinner with André

    My Dinner with André

    ★★★½

    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…