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  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    ★★★★★

    As exquisitely minimalist as the chef it documents. Covers a lot of ground, from the restaurant’s accolades, to Jirō’s past, to the burden of legacy resting on his sons. But with so little of the film taking place outside the restaurant and fish market, and having only one third-party interview, it just starts to feel like you live with these characters; the storytelling techniques melt into the background. Watching Jirō Ono’s dedication is infectious; I’m inspired to become the best…

  • Damage

    Damage

    ★★★★★

    “Damage” is everything I want out of a film:
    • Lust
    • Pain
    • A silver fox
    • The 1990s

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  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★★

    Soo glad I caught the preview screening at the Somerville Theatre! A very timely film for me, in many ways… It made me howl with laughter and reduced me to a blubbering mess*. “Blade Runner” if it were a romance. Spike Jonze is a visionary; Joaquin Phoenix is everything I want to be as an actor; I maybe want to date him too? Wide release on January 10th.

    * Would have been a more enjoyable cry, though, had I not…

  • The Virgin Suicides

    The Virgin Suicides

    ★★★★★

    How you execute a feature film this well on the first try eludes me, but that’s why Sofia Coppola rules. They say to avoid voiceover in Screenwriting 101, but here it’s effective, weaving together a narrative from disparate perspectives and times. It’d be silly not to, too, as Eugenides’ writing (as adapted by Coppola), is razor-sharp; at once amusing and macabre. Watching this made me want to read the book, and that’s rare of most adaptations. (Though, listening to it,…