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  • Chilly Scenes of Winter

    Chilly Scenes of Winter

    ★★★★★

    -"Are you nuts?"
    -"No, completely normal."

    The good version of Annie Hall.

    "On the day my grandfather killed himself he also shot two grouse. He went out in the morning for the birds and in the afternoon for himself. My grandmother cleaned and cooked the grouse anyway."

    Bringing a bottle of wine and a single slice of bread to bed seems kind of badass somehow? Like, why the bread?

    "Get some beer. That's good."

    A film of minimal coverage, master…

  • Mistress America

    Mistress America

    ★★★★½

    "We look like we're in a song" - Tracy Fishko

    "It's minor Baumbach" - some asshole played by Jeff Daniels in a Noah Baumbach film


    In hindsight, the way this is written and especially edited feels like the direct precedent for Ladybird, although it may as well also serve as the latter's sequel. I know Frances gets all the love, but Brooke Cardinas is probably my favorite Gerwig/Baumbach creation ("Oh no, I fed you too much liquor!"). Baumbach is very…

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  • Audition

    Audition

    ★★½

    When Harry Met Salò.

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    (I was originally planning on writing my review as an open letter to Hitchcock himself, which I might still do at some point, but this will suffice for now. The only part I regret not including was a question asking him how he'd like to be addressed. Hitch? Alfred? Al? Mr. Cock?)

    Reading that Orson Welles apparently hated this makes me so happy, especially when you consider that The Immortal Story is kind of the same thing except actually good...…