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  • Minding the Gap

    Minding the Gap

    ★★★★★

    [Joint review of Mid90s and Minding the Gap]

    I knew them as The Bad Kids. Huddled around the stairs in the back of the chapel, taking turns doing flips off some precarious ledge. Long matted hair over scratches and acne; Converse, army jacket, torn skinny jeans. Popular in a narrow sense — within certain circles, to a “certain sort” of girl. Hints of a rocky home life: her laminated smile at the parent teacher conference, his truck’s don’t-make-me-ask-twice idling out…

  • Mid90s

    Mid90s

    ★★★★

    [Joint review of Mid90s and Minding the Gap]

    I knew them as The Bad Kids. Huddled around the stairs in the back of the chapel, taking turns doing flips off some precarious ledge. Long matted hair over scratches and acne; Converse, army jacket, torn skinny jeans. Popular in a narrow sense — within certain circles, to a “certain sort” of girl. Hints of a rocky home life: her laminated smile at the parent teacher conference, his truck’s don’t-make-me-ask-twice idling out…

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  • Dirty Grandpa

    Dirty Grandpa

    ½

    Letterboxd Missed Connections, 01/24/16, San Francisco, California

    To the young white male with the hoodie and plug earrings who sat behind me during Dirty Grandpa.

    You probably don't remember me, but we both attended today's 4:50 pm showing at the Century Cinemas on Market St. I sat in row 11 or so, slightly to the left. You sat in row 14, dead center. I believe you came alone, though you seem to believe you were surrounded by friends. You had…

  • Short Term 12

    Short Term 12

    ★★★★★

    I hold many films close to my heart, but it rarely matters if others agree. If you don’t like Boyhood, I totally get it: I can see aspects of myself that wouldn’t like it either. If you find Wes Anderson too precious, that’s your prerogative: I have a blast indulging in his whimsy, but I have no desire to defend it. Some things, though, hit me in a deeper place. Eternal Sunshine. The Before series. Lost In Translation. If you…