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  • Fiddler on the Roof

    Fiddler on the Roof


    To celebrate my 26th birthday last week, I fit in some of my favorite movies. After rewatching The Awful Truth in the morning and dipping into the first fifteen minutes of The Social Network while taking a bath (very luxurious!), I managed to coerce a few friends to commit to remotely watching all three hours of this movie.

    Listen. Fiddler on the Roof is my favorite musical. No other show moves me as deeply as this one. It cracks me…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire


    "When you are looking at me, who am I looking at?"

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a major triumph in every possible sense. Director and writer Céline Sciamma, in her first attempt at a period piece, has crafted an impossibly gorgeous creation that feels transcendent in the same way that the best works of art do. It's pretty astonishing that this film is an original story, rather than something based on an old semi-forgotten novel. The cast consists…

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  • Frog and Toad Are Friends

    Frog and Toad Are Friends


    Always related to Toad because I, too, look funny in a bathing suit.

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


    "For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I…

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  • The Departed

    The Departed


    When The Departed came out, why was it cool to pretend that it was a minor Scorsese effort?

    It's a fascinating film in the Scorsese canon for a number of reasons. It's got everything that makes a great one (bravura performances, his trademark kinetic direction, the frantic Thelma Schoonmaker editing, an impeccable soundtrack, top-notch writing littered with generous profanity), but with its fundamentally classical plot structure, it feels like it is of a different cloth than Goodfellas or Raging Bull…

  • Nightcrawler



    Dan Gilroy's remarkably assured directorial debut is a knockout in virtually every way. Jake Gyllenhaal carries the film with tremendous verve, embodying a nightmarish character who is something of a cross between Christian Bale in American Psycho and Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver. He spews the wonderful writing with incredible ease and terror. There are only two other characters of note: Rene Russo, thoroughly mediocre; and Riz Ahmed, simply wonderful. Whereas Russo consistently feels stilted and unnatural, Ahmed always…