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  • Defending Your Life

    Defending Your Life


    Bonus star for Meryl Streep eating 2 pounds of pasta.

  • Millennium Mambo

    Millennium Mambo


    This tone piece on memory passed me by, even though it sounds like my kind of film. Shu Qi plays Vicki, a young woman stuck in a bad relationship with a loser. For most of the film, she oscillates between bars at techno-thumping night clubs and in the fetal position under her bed’s comforter.

    Note to future Frank: if you rewatch this movie, count how many cigarettes Vicki lights. Every scene, I think.

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  • La La Land

    La La Land


    Can't stop thinking about La La Land, because my brain and heart say yes, but my gut says no? Does anyone else feel this way?

    Been thinking it over, and here’s a rough draft—La La Land is the Gotye’s “Someone That I Used to Know” of movies: undeniably catchy and clever in construction, pleasantly saturated, strikingly reverent of its references, impressively crafted, yet something I feel guilty about liking, and will likely seem more and more anemic as time passes? Going to revisit the film next year. I want to be wrong about this.

  • Anomalisa



    Anomalisa is the story of a sad narcissist who stays sad despite admiration and success. Yes, a film about a privileged individual’s struggle with the basics of life is probably worth an eyeroll, but Anomalisa’s vitality comes from how it poses as a parable. It can embody its main character’s situation with the opportunities of animation: hundreds of characters with the same face and voice, meant to embody Michael Stone’s misery. It’s a claustrophobic, monotonous, and constrained film about the…