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  • Elle



    “I see you’re staying in character.” “A big part of my character is being unpredictable.”

    Note: To the extent a character study can be spoiled, the following contains some spoilers—but if you don’t wish to know what happens in Elle, then you probably shouldn’t be reading about Elle, now should you?

    Early in Elle, Paul Verhoeven’s latest provocation, Michèle Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert) parks her car outside a restaurant at which she plans to have dinner with her ex-husband, Richard Casamayou…

  • 45 Years

    45 Years


    “I can hardly be cross for something that happened before we existed, can I? Still....”

    In 1962, the United States announced an embargo against Cuba following its trade pact with the Soviet Union, with tensions reaching their apex during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Jacqueline Kennedy took television audiences on a famous and unprecedented tour of the White House. Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points against the New York Knicks, the most ever by a single player in an NBA game. Long…

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  • Nightcrawler



    “On TV it looks so real.”

    The chonmage was a traditional Japanese male hairstyle, usually associated with the samurai of the Edo period. Consisting of long hair oiled and tied into a topknot (commonly with the top of the head shaved), it is the formal name of what might colloquially be called the “samurai bun.” While it began as a practical device—the knot was used to hold the samurai’s helmet in place—it eventually became a status symbol in Japanese culture,…

  • Se7en



    Part of Hoop-Tober

    “Anyone who spends a significant amount of time with me finds me disagreeable.”


    He has taken on too much. Det. David Mills (Brad Pitt), deliberately uprooting his wife, Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), from upstate and dragging her to this lurid hellhole, all out of a naïve desire to save the world. So much ambition, he nearly chokes on it. So much chatter, he sucks all the air from the room.

    Det. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) long ago…