Jesse Mitchell

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Favorite films

  • The Philadelphia Story
  • The Apartment
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Planet of the Apes

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  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    ★★★★½

  • Kindergarten Cop

    ★★★½

  • Planet Earth

    ★★★★

  • The Straight Story

    ★★★★½

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  • The Thin Man

    The Thin Man

    ★★★★

    William Powell is to dialogue as Fred Astaire is to dance.

    —Roger Ebert

    Made on a budget and filmed in only two weeks, The Thin Man is a wonderfully comedic murder mystery. The whodunnit portion of the film is as convoluted and nonsensical as any noir plot, but the film's purpose is not to try to follow along. Instead, it is to showcase William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, a married couple who enjoy being together,…

  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★★★

    Some people take, some people get took. And they know they're getting took and there's nothing they can do about it.

    One of my absolute favorite movies, The Apartment has a perfect script, perfect acting, and perfect direction. The film expertly balances both comedy and drama, and while humorous, the story tackles tough issues like suicide and adultery.

    Jack Lemmon is terrific as C.C. Baxter, a hapless, lonely bachelor and corporate worker drone. Because of Lemmon's acting and the strength…

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  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    ★★★★½

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner entered production when interracial marriage was still illegal across the American South, and this film's existance is a testament to the tenaciousness of director Stanley Kramer and his stars. The movie does not tackle all the aspects of racism, unconscious biases, or systemic prejudice—and indeed, no movie can. Instead, the script is almost scientific in stripping away any variable that could muddy the film's examination of one aspect of racism: absent any excuses not related…

  • Kindergarten Cop

    Kindergarten Cop

    ★★★½

    I hadn't seen Kindergarten Cop since I was a kid, when I watched it with my grandmother a few years after its release. While the movie is undoubtedly goofy at times, I enjoyed revisiting it immensely. Arnold Schwarzenegger as a kindergarten teacher is simply a great premise, and he really pulls off the role's comedic aspects. I also really liked seeing Carroll Baker as a villain, a role she performs very believably. Some of the dialogue written for the kids is pretty weak, but the acting from the ferret is so strong they cancel each other out.

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  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory

    ★★★★½

    Perhaps the most convincingly anti-war film made in Hollywood, Paths of Glory is a masterwork from Stanley Kubrick. Kirk Douglas stars as the French Colonel Dax who is ordered to lead a hopeless attack on an enemy fortification in 1916. Douglas gives a masterful performance as a heroic and dutiful officer whose righteous anger is simmering just below the surface. Dax's superiors are a pair of generals, one who is more outwardly villainous and conniving, played with fury by George…

  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

    Sony has repeated the feat of making a highly original, artistically animated, and thoroughly entertaining film. I was a bit disappointed to learn that we'll have to wait until next year for the film's resolution, but I'm looking forward to it!