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  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    ★★★★★

    Most comedians thrive on spontaneity, but Bo Burnham’s specials work because of how precise and planned they are. From the specificity of the lighting and sound cues, to the clever double meanings and wordplay in his song lyrics, to the layers of persona upon persona he builds throughout the show to keep the audience guessing how much of the real him we’re seeing- every last gesture has been sculpted for maximum impact, whether it be emotional or comedic. 

    In all…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    Uncut Gems made me want to go back to synagogue for the first time in over a decade.

    Well, not actually, but I thought about it for a few seconds.

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  • Riders of Justice

    Riders of Justice

    ★★★★

    FIRST TIME BACK IN A THEATER SINCE MARCH 2020 LETS GOOOOOO!!!

    Given that this was my first time back in a theater in 15 months, I probably would’ve enjoyed myself no matter what, but I genuinely enjoyed this film quite a bit. It puts some interesting spins on the “you killed my family, prepare to die” genre that generally serves as a vehicle for aging stars to portray one-man killing machines. For one, it takes a lot of care in…

  • Don't Think Twice

    Don't Think Twice

    ★★★★★

    An essential Erik-core movie. Between this and Almost Famous, I think one of my favorite subgenres is movies about people who are intensely dedicated to something that the outside world cares very little about. You can feel the the love that these characters have for their craft even when it’s no longer tenable to devote their lives to it. Every time I watch this, I’m awed all over again by how good Gillian Jacobs is. And it’s never not fun to watch Birbiglia in slimeball mode here. It’s such a contrast to how genuine and unassuming he is in his comedy specials.

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  • Romeo & Juliet

    Romeo & Juliet

    ★★★★

    Hamilton was not a movie. It was a stage production that cameras happened to be there for, and the fact that it got nominated for Golden Globes is still insane to me.
    THIS is how you take a stage production and modify it to make a movie instead of merely just recording it. The scenic design in particular does a great job of blending the two mediums. Josh O’Connor great. Jessie Buckley fantastic.

  • 30 Rock: A One-Time Special

    30 Rock: A One-Time Special

    ★★★

    Lol this really bummed me out because it’s the kind of dumb corporate synergy bullshit the show would’ve made fun of ten years ago. It’s also disappointing because there are so many tweets from random people joking about what these characters would be up to during quarantine that are funnier than the topics gags this special comes up with. But still, good to see the gang again, etc.