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  • The Rider

    The Rider

    ★★★★

    While I watched it, it didn't seem like much. Now, though, I can't stop thinking about its subtle strangeness and the unspoken questions that increase after the credits roll.

    What's a guy to do when what he longs to do, what he knows he's good at, and what he believes is his God-given purpose in life... may not be wise to do ever, may be a hastily drawn conclusion about what he's best at, and may not be God's purpose…

  • Wolfwalkers

    Wolfwalkers

    ★★★★½

    "You never really understand a [wolf] until you consider things from [her] point of view ... until you climb into [her] skin and walk around in it.”

    This is not a quotation from The Silence of the Lambs (although it could be). It's from To Kill a Mockingbird (of course). But it can meaningfully capture the conviction at the heart of the storytellers who bring us Wolfwalkers, a film about how humankind should (and shouldn't) treat other creatures... and, ultimately,…

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  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★½

    The last time I set foot in a movie theater was March 9, 2020.

    Today, March 7, I walked back inside my favorite theater — the Crest Cinema Center — as soon as the theater opened to see my friend Isaac‘s movie in all of its glory on the big screen.

    The Crest has raised its ticket price by about 35%. A ticket is now $6. A year ago, I might have been heartbroken to see their legendary ticket prices go…

  • James Acaster: Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999

    James Acaster: Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999

    ★★★★½

    My favorite stand-up shows have a lot in common — distinctive physicality (or, Wright's case, a lack of it), absurdity, self-effacing humor rather than cruel humor, cruel humor only when the cruelty of the speaker *is* the joke, tangents, tangents off of tangents, as much sophistication in expression and gesture as language, and, at the heart of it all, a fundametal goodness and decency:

    Steve Martin, "A Wild and Crazy Guy" 1978
    Steven Wright, "I Have a Pony," 1985
    Eddie…

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  • The Innocents

    The Innocents

    ★★★★

    Name one movie that is

    a) directed by a woman,
    b) filmed by a woman,
    b) about women, and
    c) deeply concerned with matters of faith.

    I can think of many films directed by men, and focusing on men, that rigorously wrestle with questions about God and the problem of evil. But The Innocents is a remarkably rare event.

    Here's my full review.

  • Gosford Park

    Gosford Park

    ★★★★★

    16 THINGS ABOUT GOSFORD PARK

    1. Still my favorite Altman film.
    2. Still head and shoulders above the entirety of Downton Abbey.
    3. Still the most virtuosic choreography of a large ensemble cast I've ever seen.
    4. I miss Clive Owen.
    5. That scene with Tom Hollander eating jam in the cellar. That scene.
    6. I believe that when he goes home from work, Richard E. Grant dresses and behaves just like this.
    7. All of the moments with Claudie…