Scott Tobias

Scott Tobias

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Former writer/editor, The A.V. Club and The Dissolve. Current freelance film and television writer.

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  • A Matter of Life and Death

    A Matter of Life and Death

    ★★★★

    Absolutely charming and extremely British romance about a love so powerful it defies the laws of the universe. Lots to treasure here, but to me, nothing beats the opening scene, which establishes a deep connection between a pilot and a dispatcher as the former's plane is going down. Talk about a meet-cute!

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out

    ★★★★½

    Still wonderful. As the parent of a daughter who's now roughly Riley's age, I appreciate the film's insight into a child's difficult but necessary transition into a more complex emotional being. You work very hard to keep your kids happy all the time-- parents are Joy, essentially-- but you learn you can't manage their emotions.

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  • Fargo

    Fargo

    ★★★★★

    "I don't have to talk to you either, man. See how you like it. Just total fucking silence. Two can play at that game, smart guy. We'll just see how you like it. Total silence."

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★

    It's going to take me a long time to sort this one out. Easily Kaufman's least accessible film, but unmistakably the work of a filmmaker who has been singularly creative in finding ways to express interiority on screen. References abound to Wordsworth, Pauline Kael, David Foster Wallace, etc., but I'll cherish the bit about Forget Paris.