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  • Roma
  • A Separation
  • Still Walking
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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  • The Inheritance

    ★★★★½

  • Found

    ★★½

  • This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

    ★★★★

  • The Lost Daughter

    ★★★½

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  • The Dybbuk

    The Dybbuk

    ★★★★★

    My grandma Rhoda saw The Dybbuk in theaters at nine years old. Tonight, 84 years later, we watched The Dybbuk on her television, in her room as we ate dinner together. It is an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life.

    The Dybbuk was filmed in Poland 17 years after the last of my blood relatives left the old country. There’s little I can know about the day-to-day lives and beliefs of my direct ancestors, and though…

  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    ★★★★★

    “Among the many extraordinary things that [British intelligence officer Nicholas] Elliot had done in his life, however, the most extraordinary and undoubtedly the most painful was to sit face-to-face in Beirut with his close friend, colleague and mentor Kim Philby, and hear him admit that he had been a Soviet spy for all the years that they had known each other…

    … no amount of the caustic levity that was his stock-in-trade was going to take away the pain of…

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  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★½

    In a movie that’s more about its stagecraft than its story, there’s not really a performance that gets to shine. But: everyone else does! Coen and his team evoke the artifice of a stage performance in really fascinating ways, from the sets and lighting to the camera angles and movements that reminded me of movies from the ‘20’s (particularly Dreyer) which was arguably closer to theater. Big shoutout to my close personal friends Skip Lievsay and Peter F. Kurland, who…

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★½

    Wilson and Ben, I have questions for you both. Help

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    I, uh, hated it


    edit (11/01/18):
    This is quickly becoming my most liked review ever and I’m not thrilled with the thought of that distinction going to a review made up of four words and two punctuation marks (give my Cameraperson review a like instead!). I want to expand on why Suspiria not only did not click with me, but why the script misses the mark for its character development and its thematic, political commentary. The latter is the objectively…

  • Cameraperson

    Cameraperson

    ★★★★★

    Some movies feel like they're made for you-- they perfectly reflect your thoughts and feelings at the moment in your life when you view them. Cameraperson is that for me, now. It elaborates and ruminates on methods of filmmaking that I practice in my life. 

    Assembled from pieces of extra footage collected by veteran documentary DP Kirsten Johnson, and thoughtfully edited together by Nels Bangerter, Cameraperson moves through distinct times and places, moments of beauty, horror, and intimacy, to create what…