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  • Duck Soup

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  • Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool


  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World


  • James Acaster: Repertoire


  • The Naughty Nine


Recent reviews

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World


    I've warmed to the third act in this. (I generally think Wright's scripts have a third act problem.) The movie gets big in a way I originally found exhausting. But now I think the emotional throughlines are strong enough to hold it together.

    Also, in order of increasing bizarreness, the following people have been in a great superhero movie:
    3. Brandon Routh
    2. Chris Evans
    1. Brie Larson

  • James Acaster: Repertoire

    James Acaster: Repertoire


    A genius walks among us.

    With sharper edges than the storytelling stand-ups usually have, and a layered use of plant-payoff, Acaster comes across as the student in class who absolutely could ace the material but can't bring himself to care or sit still long enough to do it. He uses his body to such great effect, and when he begins acting out a scenario before he describes it, you see how much good will he's earned. Heck, he makes prop humor hilarious. Just stunning.

Popular reviews

  • Certified Copy

    Certified Copy


    Second viewing confirms this is among the handful of films I'd consider my all-time favorites. Everything I want in a film is here. (Well, I could use a chase scene with a car explosion, I guess.)

    What's the movie about? It's about an hour and forty-five minutes.

    An hour and forty-five minutes of dizzying, glorious, beautiful starts and stops, ideas and emotions, reality and fiction, truth and lies, beauty and deceit. AK demands our attention, but doesn't mind if we…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once


    Think of all the terrible student films this will lead to. Send up a prayer for screenwriting profs everywhere.