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  • I, Tonya

    I, Tonya

    ★★★★

    I hate biopics.

    I HATE biopics.

    I HATE BIOPICS.

    But I still can't get over how much I liked I, Tonya. And it's very much a result of director Craig Gillespie writer Steven Rogers' effort to avoid the melodramatic and superficial inspirational cliches that have plagued biopics since their very inception. Instead, they replace this with a complicated yet wholly empathic depiction of abuse in both the eyes of the abused and the abuser.

    When I say empathic portrayal of…

  • Boogie Nights

    Boogie Nights

    ★★★★★

    If I don't watch this movie at least twice a year, I will literally die

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★½

    The perfect Hanukkah movie

  • Anomalisa

    Anomalisa

    ★★★★½

    Jesus Christ. It's beyond me how Kaufman can create something so personal and universal at once. Instead of using the animation as a gimmick for quirkiness, Johnson and Kaufman manage to pack as much humanity into the stop motion puppets as they can. What results is a movie in which you empathize with the pain and short-lived-happiness of dolls who look a little too much like side characters from Team America World Police. It took me a rewatch to truly…