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  • Minnie the Moocher

    Minnie the Moocher

    ★★★★½

    Cab Calloway rotoscoped into a creepy dancing walrus ghost is cinema, baby!

  • Mikey and Nicky

    Mikey and Nicky

    ★★★★

    “Nick, you’re making me forget the Kaddish!”

    (This viewing was the shorter cut.)

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  • Afterschool

    Afterschool

    ★★★★

    In many ways — in principle, mainly, but also largely in execution — this was the movie I had always wanted to make when I was a film student. I'm still fascinated by school topics, and this film covers a lot of the most loaded ground — the disconnect that's come with the age of the Internet is a main theme, and the widescreen aspect ratio allows ample room for the characters to avoid direct interaction with each other. The…

  • Smile

    Smile

    ★★★★½

    One of the quintessential films about America. “Are you all right, darling? Can I get you anything? A doctor? A Pepsi?”