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  • The Snowman

    The Snowman

    So much distance between my 40-yr.-old self and the (relatively) innocent kid who used to watch this at Christmas--that's what makes it more moving to me now than it ever was back then.

  • The Other Side of the Wind

    The Other Side of the Wind

    For now, I'll just say: one of the best, most moving, most dynamic, most creative, most intelligent and most honest films I've ever seen.

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  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    Here's a film that, for me, is as fun to talk around as it is to talk about. While watching, and enjoying, it I kept thinking about how so much value in cinephilic discourse is placed on the foregrounding of artifice. Classical Hollywood is loved for its lack of realism, and for the way standardized production served to throw personal style into relief; and with nearly every major auteur besides, what's admired is heavy formal intervention. What we cinephiles seem…

  • Vertigo


    "Judy, it can't matter to you."

    For someone like myself, who values visual form and style as much as narrative, writing about this movie presents a real challenge. The story and plotting of Vertigo are perhaps the finest in all of movies: there's the slam-bang intro; the languorous first movement, with the development of mystery and the growing romance joined as one; the violent rupture; and then a new love, a new mystery, with us one crucial step ahead of…