Favorite films

  • In the Heat of the Night
  • Donnie Darko
  • Pleasantville
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

    ★★★½

  • Hugo

    ★★★★

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    ★★★½

  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    ★★★★½

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  • My Life as a Zucchini

    My Life as a Zucchini

    ★★★★★

    The first time I watched My Life as a Zucchini, I started it right over again so I could rewatch the first scene to determine how at fault little Zucchini was in the untimely death of his alcoholic mother. It turns out not very, Zucchini abruptly closes the door in the floor of his attic room because his mother is threatening to beat him for making a mess out with her empty beer cans. The door hits her head and…

  • King Rat

    King Rat

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    King Rat really wrecked me, but I also really loved it. I just became so invested that I can’t watch it again for at least a decade. Or at least without skipping a few key scenes. I kept exclaiming out loud while watching it.

    POW camps make for a great setting because the power dynamics are so bizarre. The Great Escape was my introduction to the concept of POW camps when I was a kid and just didn’t understand why…

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  • Born Rich

    Born Rich

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is a hard movie to rate. It's not well made, but it almost succeeds in spite of itself due to the fact that it's about rich kids, made by a rich kid: Jamie Johnson, heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune. This gives him access to his rich friends that most documentarians would kill for.

    So although its sometimes embarrassingly amateurish (particularly the background music choices), Johnson perhaps doesn't know how funny some of these interviews are. If we're judging…

  • Liberal Arts

    Liberal Arts

    What if Garden State had no good parts and an even more insufferable sitcom actor at the helm? What if How I Met Your Mother let Ted Mosby be condescending to a would-be love interest 16 years his junior?

    I did add Liberal Arts with the intent of hate-watching it, so I can't say I'm surprised that it's insipid. But I was sometimes surprised that its characters were so basic. 19 year old Zibby introduces 35 year old Jesse to…