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  • Nostalgia

    Nostalgia

    This film came to me at a rather low point in my adult life. Well, "walloped me" might be a better description: I can vividly remember sitting in that lonely Tokyo hotel room, staring at the end credits, and thinking "What do I do now?"

    I'm woefully unqualified to speak on Tarkovsky's genius. So instead I'm going to do something vulnerable and ill-advised, and share a short story I wrote that night in the hotel room. A semi-autobiographical collage of…

  • The Post

    The Post

    ★★★

    If 2017 and Trump have taught us anything, it's that good journalism—free from censorship and cronyism—is essential. But 2018 and Michael Wolff necessitate a few more modifiers. Good journalism is also patient. It's sturdy. It's unshowy, to the ire of shareholders everywhere. It doesn't rely on knee-jerk reactions, doesn't throw red meat to a hungry public without thoughtful preparation. It wields its power responsibly. It edifies. It delves into the nitty gritty semantics behind the obvious spectacle. It would rather…

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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…