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  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Lost in Translation
  • Short Term 12
  • American Honey

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  • Downton Abbey: A New Era

  • Band of Outsiders

  • Contempt

  • La Jetée

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  • Downton Abbey: A New Era

    Downton Abbey: A New Era

    If you’ve never had the experience of seeing the second film continuation of a TV series you never watched in a theatre packed with adoring fans who break into drunken applause and hollers every time a character says something like “Why, what ever gave you that idea Mister Reginald?” I highly recommend it.

    I’m not entirely sure that what I just watched was a movie, so much as a lengthy collection of 90 second snippets wherein some minor tension is introduced only to be immediately resolved. But clearly this worked on the people it was meant to work on, raucous audience (and my wife) included.

  • Band of Outsiders

    Band of Outsiders

    Godard’s “most accessible” film is by far my favorite (having also seen Breathless, My Life To Live, and Contempt), and I’m at peace with whatever that says about my lack of bona fides.

    The stuff I don’t love about Godard is still technically present: the didactic attitude, the lack of interiority, the insistence on making every woman helpless or wildly unpredictable or both. But here it feels like it really complements the material rather than undercuts it; a commentary on…

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  • Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo

    Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo

    I’ve witnessed the worst film in competition by miles, and its name is MEKTOUB. Like Louis CK’s leaked standup, Kechiche takes every valid complaint lobbed at BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR and quadruples down, this time without so much as a pretense of theme. Contemptible, male gazing garbage. Some 75% of the audience walked out during the premiere; those that stayed, I imagine, only did so out of morbid curiosity.


    Here’s a summary of the 3.5 hour film: 30 mins…

  • Dirty Grandpa

    Dirty Grandpa

    Letterboxd Missed Connections, 01/24/16, San Francisco, California

    To the young white male with the hoodie and plug earrings who sat behind me during Dirty Grandpa.

    You probably don't remember me, but we both attended today's 4:50 pm showing at the Century Cinemas on Market St. I sat in row 11 or so, slightly to the left. You sat in row 14, dead center. I believe you came alone, though you seem to believe you were surrounded by friends. You had…