Favorite films

  • Belle de Jour
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

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  • The Miracle Worker

    ★★★★

  • The Missouri Breaks

    ★★★½

  • Alice's Restaurant

    ★★★★

  • The Left Handed Gun

    ★★★★½

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  • The Miracle Worker

    The Miracle Worker

    ★★★★

    First and foremost, this film (and by extension its source material) is key work in advocating for the full personhood of the disabled. When we first encounter Helen following a prologue in which we see her as an infant, the story portrays her through the perspective of her family. Those around her treat her as a nuisance or an object of pity, and Penn's direction emphasizes Helen's subordinate status, her father looking over her, her mother clutching her to her…

  • The Missouri Breaks

    The Missouri Breaks

    ★★★½

    "Well, you're about the last of your kind, old man. If I was a better businessman than I am a manhunter, I'd put you in the circus."

    When the only measure of a man is how much he's worth to others, ideals and principles are tantamount to weakness. Good thing we've moved past that notion, am I right?

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  • Another Woman

    Another Woman

    ★★★★½

    For a while, I was sort of annoyed by Marion's tendency to narrate the events of her own life in such an on-the-nose manner. Then it hit me that OF COURSE Marion (Gena Rowlands, masterful) would do that- she's the sort of person who would want to neatly package all of her actions with a minimum of emotional fuss, just to "set the record straight," if only to herself. Once I got over that hump, the movie as a whole…

  • Oz the Great and Powerful

    Oz the Great and Powerful

    This is exactly the kind of movie that seems like it'll be ideal for a Yesterday's Hits-style anthropological assessment in a couple of decades. Those elements that have made this so popular- the wall-to-wall CGI-based spectacle, the four-quadrant-skewing reappropriation of one of the classics of Hollywood cinema- will probably be what makes this look quaint and dated over time. Yet it also promises to be fascinating in a number of ways.

    Most noticeably, this might be the first blockbuster I've…