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  • Defending Your Life

    Defending Your Life

    ★★★★½

    Nothing in Albert Brooks’s first three movies suggests he could make something as sweet and optimistic as this, so it feels even more miraculous that this is as good as it is. Still slightly prefer the Brooks films that depict fear and insecurity as crippling unconquerable conditions, but I’m glad he was apparently in a better mood when he wrote this.

  • A Perfect Couple

    A Perfect Couple

    ★★★★

    Love all movies set in LA about sad lonely weirdos with difficult families trying to connect (Punch Drunk Love and Minnie and Moskowitz also on this list). Really underrated Altman

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  • American Graffiti

    American Graffiti

    ★★★★★

    Released in 1973, set in 1962, but still the movie that best reflects going to high school in Clovis, CA circa 2008-2012

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★

    Made me wonder what Colin Trevorrow’s version would have looked like, and for that, I can never forgive it