Rachel Lovinger

Rachel Lovinger Pro

Favorite films

  • In the Mood for Love
  • This Is Spinal Tap
  • Rushmore
  • Velvet Goldmine

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  • Drive-Away Dolls

    ★★★

  • Election

    ★★★★

  • The Virgin Suicides

    ★★

  • American Pie

    ★★★

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  • Election

    Election

    ★★★★

    Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick are excellent and captivating as a pair of deeply flawed, not always likeable characters who go head-to-head in a low stakes high school election that gets elevated to the level of a major political scandal. Random plot points weave together like a Coen brothers movie to help amp up the drama in the mundane.

    If Paul had just voted for himself, he would have won anyway.

  • The Virgin Suicides

    The Virgin Suicides

    ★★

    I think I liked this a lot better when it first came out in 1999, but rewatching it 25 years later I just find it depressing and frustrating. The thing I recalled most clearly was the dreamy ambiguity of memories and the mystery of youth, and the ethereal soundtrack by Air (which reinforced that dreamy ambiguity). And as an early demonstration of Sophia Coppala's filmmaking skill, it's very well put together.

    But what I could not have known at the…

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  • Don't Make Me Go

    Don't Make Me Go

    ★★★★

    This movie wrecked me, but I'm ok with that because I had a really good cry. Perfect performances by John Cho and Mia Isaac, and beautiful dynamic between them. I've been a fan of John Cho for a long time. Will be keeping an eye out for more projects from Mia Isaac now too.

    Saw the world premiere at Tribeca Festival and in the Q&A afterwards, Mia couldn't hold it together and John kept trying to comfort her. It was adorable! They had several group hugs with Hannah Marks. And they also managed to answer some questions.

  • Perfect Film

    Perfect Film

    Ken Jacobs was one of my college film professors and he made us watch this film that he "made". When I say he "made" it, what I mean is he bought some film canisters on the street for $1 and this film reel happened to be in one of them. He showed it completely unedited, untouched, exactly as he found it, and he named it "Perfect Film."

    Still, it was not the most annoying thing he made us watch.