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  • Personal Shopper

    Personal Shopper

    One day when I have calmed down, I hope to review this film with words like "lighting" and "performances" and "photography" and "irrelevant texting segment" and "incohesive", but right now there's a cacophony of four-letter words all fighting to make their way to the page and I can't see my way through them.

    I shall remain silent until that day, except to say that I will never ever see another film by Olivier Assayas, and I will pay someone to take this Criterion out of my house.

  • Miracle on 34th Street

    Miracle on 34th Street


    I can't believe I'm about to say this, both because I'm not particularly religious but also because it took this long, but Christmas is starting to bother me and Miracle on 34th Street allowed me to focus on that for a little while.

    Quite a few things are coming together. As I was watching Kris Kringle be the good Santa that is wronged and everyone trying to get him out of a mess created by the bad guy, I know…

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  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook


    My ticket stub says that I saw Silver Linings Playbook but it can't be the same film everyone else has seen. It just can't be. This one was supposed to be charming, enjoyable, fun even. It won the TIFF Audience Award. It was supposed to have great characters. Cooper and Lawrence were supposed to have given wonderful performances. DeNiro, it was said, was back. Jackie Weaver, wait, was she in this?

    The film I saw was bland and boring. I…

  • Boyhood



    It is not surprising that so many people identify closely with Boyhood. It hits all the hallmarks of growing up. There is the promise made years ago that the parent forgot but the child did not. There is the incessant fighting between siblings that is forgotten two minutes later, as well as the faking of who is to blame for the fight when the shouts of "MOM!" have been acknowledged. There is the change in address, school and friends, for…