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  • How to Build a Girl

    How to Build a Girl


    30 seconds into the movie: “ she going to be doing that accent this whole time?”

    It gives me no pleasure to dislike this movie. Its heart is clearly in the right place. Beanie Feldstein gives it her all, even if she makes a much better Dolly than she does Johanna. Alfie Allen even makes a dragon metaphor for Christ’s sake. What’s not to love?

    But it just didn’t work. None of it worked. The separation between how I felt and how I knew I was supposed to feel was glaring 30 seconds in, and it never closed that gap.

  • The Sound of Music

    The Sound of Music

    One day, if I’m lucky, I will learn to love something 1/10th as much as the kid who plays Friedrich loves wordlessly overacting.

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  • Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo

    Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo


    I’ve witnessed the worst film in competition by miles, and its name is MEKTOUB. Like Louis CK’s leaked standup, Kechiche takes every valid complaint lobbed at BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR and quadruples down, this time without so much as a pretense of theme. Contemptible, male gazing garbage. Some 75% of the audience walked out during the premiere; those that stayed, I imagine, only did so out of morbid curiosity.

    Here’s a summary of the 3.5 hour film: 30 mins…

  • Dirty Grandpa

    Dirty Grandpa


    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…