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  • Being There

    Being There

    ★★★½

    Peter Sellers is great, but this is still one of those "just read the book" movies.

  • 22 Jump Street

    22 Jump Street

    ★★★½

    Much funnier than it needed to be, 22 Jump Street was a delightful surprise totally sober, and I definitely want to watch it again high—it's one of those films that seems cut and packaged for a stoned audience, it's plot broad enough to focus more on the many humorous allusions, references, and meta text, which seems to be what this franchise does best. The credit sequence might be the only one I've ever watched through in its entirety. Here's hoping for a move back across the street to number 23.

  • Dazed and Confused

    Dazed and Confused

    ★★★★½

    Side-stepping the excessive amount of time dedicated to showing older boys pursuing and paddling younger boys, Dazed And Confused is one of those rare period piece films that uses its past to invoke something timeless. Here it's the meandering summer of youth, when there's no where to go and nothing to do but try to have the best night you can with your friends. What I really like is that nothing extraordinary happens: There's no big life moments, just lots…

  • Modern Times

    Modern Times

    ★★★★★

    What's really amazing about this film—beyond the humor and classic shooting sensibility that holds up remarkably well—is how *modern* Modern Times is when watched in 2016. Eighty years after its release, The Tramp's struggle against economic hardship, unemployment, and the futility of the American dream are as relevant as they were in 1936. From factory automation to workers' strikes, there's a prescience in Modern Times that's kind of shocking, until one considers these themes as chronic: A Tramp tries and tries, and at the end of it all can only smile and try some more. It's a movie about 1930s America that's timeless.

  • The Bling Ring

    The Bling Ring

    ★★★★

    The Bling Ring turned out to be an ideal film to watch with a group: It elicited a strong reaction from the room and led to great discussion on consumption, pleasure, and celebrity culture. This shiny film has real depth, using the surface of pretty bling to reflect the values of the viewer, interrogating their relationship with the objects they use to create identity—a project everyone takes on, but with the most pressure to be beautiful objects put on teenage…