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  • Best in Show

    Best in Show


    A perennial favourite. A group of eccentrics treating something trivial with the utmost seriousness, an activity to convince themselves that they are happy and that their lives are satisfying.

    Funniest when it relies on character tics and strained social interactions, rather than traditional jokes (except for when Fred Willard makes bad ones but this works mostly from a character stand point). Eugene Levy best personifies the style, stealing the show as a man who is aggressively normal. Though the entire…

  • Boyfriends and Girlfriends

    Boyfriends and Girlfriends


    Rohmer's films are mini vacations. This was so pleasant but I also appreciated the banal cruelty sprinkled throughout.

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  • Carol



    I've NEVER wept at the end of a film like I did with this one.

    Being a young girl in the 1950s, experiencing this, Rooney Mara's character must have felt like she was on mars. Who knew life could be like this?

    Filmmaking at the highest level. How did they do it? Todd Haynes has built an emotional computer or some shit, so many wires, all working together, all perfectly placed.

    I don't know man, shit. It's real good.


  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys


    Shane Black's back (say five times fast) with another quiptacular buddy film. A mix of many of my true loves: comedy, the 70s, noir, booze, and Gosling. Essentially Black giving us a series of classic genre set ups and then subverting them for comedic effect. In the end it's all for nothing except yuks, but man what yuks.

    Unless my next re-watch of the great Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is truly transcendent then this is my favourite film Black has…