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  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha


    Frances Ha is a delightful film starring Greta Gerwig, directed by Noah Baumbach. It follows a young woman (and her best friend) as they fall in and out of love/work and navigate the future. The cast is wonderful and the story rings true with authenticity and authority that underscore the plot. A real gem of a film.

    Frances Ha > Holes
    Frances Ha > The Spanish Main
    Frances Ha > Life Itself
    Frances Ha < The Cranes are Flying
    Frances Ha < Good Bye Lenin!…

  • Brigsby Bear

    Brigsby Bear


    Brigsby Bear is a wonderful film that draws upon the wacky and weird world of 80's children's television. At the center of the film is a person whose entire life revolves around such a show. But the film isn't about making fun of that--it's about accepting that and still finding a way to help someone in a way that includes their quirky obsession (a bit like Lars and the Real Girl). I thoroughly enjoyed it. Let's see where it ranked:…

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  • Miller's Crossing

    Miller's Crossing


    Miller's Crossing (1990) is a Coen Brothers film that I've been meaning to see for years (decades!) and thanks to some wise soul I got to watch it in May. I actually watched it over a week ago, but have been too busy to post about it. I loved it! I loved the style, the substance, the acting, the look, the sound--whoever recommended this has great taste! It was interesting to watch the short interview with Barry Sonnenfeld (who was…

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro


    My Neighbor Totoro is a delightful tale of two sisters who move to rural post-war Japan. Through their eyes, we meet the locals, explore their new house, and explore the surrounding environs. Aspects of sisterhood (and childhood) are captured so authentically and depicted with such charm (and often joy) as to melt the coldest of hearts. This is a film for anyone (ages 0 to 100+) to watch at any time. It is a perfect movie.

    My Neighbor Totoro > Teen…