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  • Cool Hand Luke
  • True Romance
  • Hard Eight
  • Sleep with Me

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  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    ★★★★½

  • Barbie

    ★★½

  • May December

    ★★★

  • Showing Up

    ★★★

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  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★★

    The New York Times recently published an opinion piece where they asked seventeen columnists to pick one piece of culture that best captures the U.S. 

    Ezra Klein's words on Spike Jonze's Her are my favorite. 

    I've heard countless arguments about the existential threat AI poses whether it's by disrupting economies, educating the young, or simply wiping out the human race in Terminator fashion, but rarely an argument about this technology destroying our relationships. 

    Klein argues we're currently living through an…

  • One True Thing

    One True Thing

    ★★★★

    One True Thing is a movie that can be characterized as a holiday movie as well as a drama capable of standing on its own two feet. 

    I watch it every holiday season because it works better for me that time of year and because it has all the elements I look for in a good drama...acting, realism, story and the arc of a character's journey that allows the viewer to watch that character end up back in the same…

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  • The Family Stone

    The Family Stone

    ★★★½

    I took her to the nicest restaurant I know. And she didn’t say a word to me. Not one word. All evening -Meredith

    A holiday movie about the difficulty, and ease, of speaking another person's love language.

    This movie most likely wouldn't work for me, at all, without Ben in it. 

    Rating: Journeyman with Master rising. 

    Seasonal Pairing: Christmas week.

  • Pieces of April

    Pieces of April

    ★★★★½

    My favorite Thanksgiving movie by far. 

    Gets right at that invisible thing that motivates us to put aside our strained pasts filled with traumas, grievances and differences so we can concentrate on what we really just wanted in the first place, love and acceptance. 

    This could have been eighty-one minutes of heavy-handed brandishing of two-by-fours to make a point, but instead it was affectively moving and subtle writing about family dynamics. 

    The acting ain't too bad neither. 

    Happy Thanksgiving all! 

    Rating: Journeyman with Master rising. 

    Seasonal Pairing: Thanksgiving week.

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  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★★★

    Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,

     Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,

     Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)

     Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,

     Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,

     Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with…

  • Magnolia

    Magnolia

    ★★★★★

    I thought this was a masterpiece the first time I watched it, up until the frogs. The frogs bothered me. A lot. 

    As time passed, I noticed they bothered me less. 

    The directing, the acting, the story, the mesmerizing individual scenes, the cinematography, score, close ups, tension, conflict, the generational trauma on display, the need for connection, the memorable lines…the humanity. All of it is pretty incredible. 

    I think to really embrace this movie it's important to have an understanding and belief there is, in fact, no such thing as coincidence. 

    Yeah, the frogs don't bother me anymore. 

    What an experience…still. 

    Rating: Master

    Seasonal Pairing: All year round.