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  • Goodbye First Love
  • Amélie
  • The Last Picture Show
  • Certain Women

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  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

    ★★★★★

  • Invincible

    ★★★★★

  • Knight of Fortune

    ★★★★★

  • Red, White and Blue

    ★★★★½

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  • Boyfriends and Girlfriends

    Boyfriends and Girlfriends

    ★★★★★

    “At most, I can playact a bit. But not with someone I want to love me. I want to be loved for who I am, not who I pretend to be.”

    I’m not really sure how I pick the order I watch the films of Éric Rohmer, but since we’re in the heat of summer, it’s foolish not to seek out the sunny, summer stories, and L’ami de mon amie felt like a great one to watch. I won’t lie,…

  • School of Rock

    School of Rock

    ★★★★★

    “Liza Minnelli?”

    The DVD menu for this film provides this overwhelming sense of comfort. I let it run once before hitting play last night. In my life, without exaggeration, I’ve probably seen this film north of 50 times? It could be 75+ and I’d believe it. This movie was on high-rotation for me between the years of 2004 and roughly 2007, let’s say. No social media, so perhaps this was my Subway Surfers TikToks for the era.

    “Oh, I was…

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  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

    The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

    ★★★★★

    Fifth of the five 2024 Oscar-nominated Live-Action Shorts watched at the Princeton Garden Theatre

    “Five seconds.”

    Such a delicious rewatch. Wes Anderson on a big-screen is always a gift, and with this being a straight-to-Netflix release, it was great having the opportunity to watch the journey how it should be seen.

    A feast for the eyes and a feast for the soul. With the caveat that it’s perhaps easier if you have fluency in the language of Wes Anderson and…

  • Invincible

    Invincible

    ★★★★★

    Fourth of the five 2024 Oscar-nominated Live-Action Shorts watched at the Princeton Garden Theatre

    “Pour mon ami…”

    Don’t you just want to give Marc a hug? The youthful rebellion in this movie that proves to be the most futile; it’s only a robbery of self, but it’s easier for us to say from our perspectives. At the end of the day, we don’t know what’s going on in his head; the most we can try to do is understand, but…

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  • Bottoms

    Bottoms

    ★★★★★

    “Could the ugly, untalented gays please report to the principal’s office?”

    Last night I got to watch the World Premiere of this movie at SXSW at the beautiful Paramount Theatre. I had my Shiva Baby hat on and was ready for the latest collab between Emma Seligman and Rachel Sennott.

    And this plays so well, especially with a crowd. Seligman introduced this movie as being “silly and absurd and gay” (which got rapturous applause). And she wasn’t kidding, most of all…

  • For Sama

    For Sama

    ★★★★★

    “I don’t want to die, I want to live.”
    “I keep filming.”

    Dear Sama, your parents are incredible, brave, and amazing people. The existence of this film is a testament to the strength and fortitude of the people.

    “This is not about the place, places are about their people.”

    This is an intense, devastating, and crushing documentary film made by Waad al-Kateab. I’ve never seen anything like it, and it should be required viewing for all people, to gain an understanding…