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  • Certified Copy

    Certified Copy


    Today we lost one of the world's greatest filmmaker. Maybe the greatest. This is probably my favorite film by him, definitely my favorite film of this decade, and in the conversation for my 10 favorite films of all time.

    I could say Abbas Kiarostami's films were some of the most beautifully directed works of cinema I have ever seen and how they constantly pushed the boundaries of what narrative cinema is and could be, but to look at him in…

  • Intolerable Cruelty

    Intolerable Cruelty


    Having recently been on a Coen binge, rewatching a bunch of their great (Miller's, No Country, Man Who Wasn't There) and not quite as great (Burn After Reading, The Lady Killers) films I thought it was high time I caught up with Intolerable Cruelty, one of only two films by them I have never seen. Perhaps this one would have been better left to the imagination.

    The farce is broad but almost never inspired, coming off mostly like a pale…

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  • Two Days, One Night

    Two Days, One Night


    How incredibly kind people are until you actually need something from them. Or how incredibly kind people are when you actually need something from them. Is this film naively positive about the goodness of humanity or just starkly realistic? Both?

    Who would have thought watching a person have the same conversation a dozen times could be so utterly engrossing? When there are as many subtleties and variations as there are here, nothing feels even remotely repetitive. Basically, a bunch of…

  • 45 Years

    45 Years


    There's profound comfort in the monotony of routine. Even after being together for only a few years, you start to settle into a groove. Saturdays mean X, Wednesday evening mean Y. How precisely that becomes perfected after a decade, two (or 4 1/2 perhaps) boggles the mind. To know, or at least think you know, another person completely can be wonderful and grating in equal measure. To realize after all that time that there may have been important pieces that…