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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    Best film of 2019. Best basketball movie ever. Needledrops Meek Mill's Amen. What's not to love?

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★

    This was fine! I laughed. The entire young cast is really great. Weird they cast Kate Hudson to reprise her role from Almost Famous.

  • Metropolitan

    Metropolitan

    ★★★★½

    Watched with commentary. About 12 hours after watching it for the first time lmao.

  • Metropolitan

    Metropolitan

    ★★★★½

    "Well, you act like her apartment was our living room.

    It is our living room!"

    Crazy it took me so long to watch this. Tracking down the rest of Stillman's oeuvre ASAP. Feels like he is the true inheritor of the Lubitsch touch with this one. There is the dazzling look into the lives of the bourgeoisie, the airy and playful sensibility, and the effortless wit, but also the construction. The fact that the majority of the action takes place…

  • John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch

    John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch

    Absolutely delightful.

  • Atlantics

    Atlantics

    ★★★★

    Sea sick. Love sick. Life sick. A story that feels both fresh and thousands of years old at the same time.

    Really enjoyed this. Definitely one of the best of 2019. Excited to see what Mati Diop does next.

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★

    As a film that arguably tries to bring some sort of psychological connection between pedophile rings run by the rich and powerful (relevant) and the horror of the American war in the Middle East (not sure if you read the news today but this too is very relevant!) I wish I got more out of it. Also, I'm not sure Joquin Phoenix is actually any "good" in this. As a physical presence, he does some great work. Just this silent,…

  • Jumanji: The Next Level

    Jumanji: The Next Level

    ★★½

    Buried deep inside Jumanji: The Next Level, there is an interesting film about imposter syndrome, group trauma, and about mortality. I really enjoyed the first 20 minutes or so of this movie even though it was just table setting. It felt earnest and truthful about the difficulties of going back home after time away and seeing your friends seemingly thrive via social media while you feel like you're drowning. It also has Danny DeVito riffing and Danny Glover showing up…

  • Abducted in Plain Sight

    Abducted in Plain Sight

    ★★½

    An infuriating, not particularly well-made, documentary about a complete monster and the irredeemable people who enabled him.

  • Song of the Thin Man

    Song of the Thin Man

    Decidedly better than the previous entry. It's still not great but the addition of Gloria Grahame as a smoky lounge singer alone would be enough to boost it above Thin Man Goes Home. I think Edward Buzzell does a way better job injecting some verve into the proceedings than Richard Thorpe. At least his camera moves! There are also some good jazz performances and ridiculous jazz slang that are fun. Overall I enjoyed it and I think it's fitting sendoff…

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★½

    Eternal recurrence, eternal reschmurance.

    When Llewyn said, "I didn't even bring my fucking guitar," and then Troy invites Jim and Jean on stage instead of him I FELT THAT.

  • Late Night

    Late Night

    Not sure if you can tell by my recent logs but I’ve been home for the holidays and watched a lot of movies with my mom recently. Anyway, why did no one tell me about the crazy fits Emma Thompson pulls off! Queen of drip 💧legit deserves a costuming Oscar nod