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Being a beacon of hope for lesser people is a lonely business.

Favorite films

  • Birth
  • Minority Report
  • Face/Off
  • First Reformed

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  • Le Pupille

    ★★★

  • Raising Arizona

    ★★★★★

  • Leave the World Behind

    ★½

  • The Departed

    ★★★½

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  • Groundhog Day

    Groundhog Day

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    An ideological earworm that engages actively and openly with larger questions of existence, executed capably, marvelously with the (repetitive, time-shifting) tools of cinematic simulacra. (I can accept a reading of this movie as an inside-baseball comment on the Hollywood production process, but I think it’s clear that’s not the primary value of the work.) Worth more than the sum of Ramis & Rubin’s seven-dollar words because so many gags-cum-setpieces are so thoughtfully, uproariously triangulated. (Phil’s precisely scheduled armored-car robbery has always…

  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

    The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    -or- Sam Bankman-Fried Could Never

    Wes Anderson has advanced his methods before this most recent feature* — tracing vectors through the side-streets of Ennui in The French Dispatch (2021) and across the arid plains of Asteroid City (2023) — but The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (2023) feels like a true step forward: a logistical challenge of precise aesthetics, in service of a work that makes one gargantuan choice that is indistinguishable, perhaps, from making no choices at all. By…

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  • American Hustle

    American Hustle

    ★★½

    AD: "Auteurs Direct, this is Ryan, how may I help you?"

    DOR: "Returns, please."

    AD: "Which Auteurs Direct product are you looking to return today?"

    DOR: "I ordered one Scorsese '70s Starter Kit, but I was sent the Ted Demme version instead. I'm looking for the Scorsese, the vintage model."

    AD: "I'm afraid your previous orders suggest the Scorsese '70s Starter Kit isn't compatible with your toolset, so that's why we sent you the Ted Demme. You've purchased the Remedial…

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A conversation about dramaturgy between two writers.

    Emerald Fennell: ... and with that, Al Monroe snuffs out Cassie's last breath. He rolls off her in a daze. We go with maybe a timelapse, maybe a hard cut, I'm open to ideas — and now it's morning. Al's main bro walks into the bedroom and sees Cassie's corpse. It's from this point that we follow the boys through the coverup of their numerous capital crimes, concluding with a beautiful white wedding,…