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  • The Tree of Life
  • Chinatown
  • Nashville
  • Groundhog Day

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  • Burn After Reading

    ★★★★★

  • No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

  • The Babadook

    ★★★★½

  • Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★★

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  • Batman

    Batman

    ★★★½

    Jared Leto: <mails costars dead pigs and used condoms, is generally a dick on set to get into character>

    The Chad Cesar Romero: “Yeah, I ain’t shaving my mustache for this bullshit.”

  • Contact

    Contact

    ★★★★★

    Zemeckis’s love of new tech and old-fashioned storytelling find their perfect synthesis here. It’s simply stunning to see a film this intelligent, this willing to argue for science while also acknowledging its limits and the comforts and limits of religion. There’s also a deep humanism, a touching, clear-eyed idealism in this film. And most of that is expressed through Jodie Foster’s performance. Foster is my favorite actress, and her performance as Ellie Arroway may be her crowning achievement. Layering strength…

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  • Burn After Reading

    Burn After Reading

    ★★★★★

    Fun story: when I saw this in the theater, during the scene where it’s revealed what Clooney’s building in the basement, I almost fell out of my chair laughing while the two other people in the theater walked out.

    I understand that, like, objectively, this isn’t better than No Country For Old Men, but…

    Is this the definitive satire of the Bush era? Has to be, right? It’s certainly the most brutal satire of the American intelligence complex since Ishtar.

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

    Seeing this for my 16th birthday is my origin story

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