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FAVORITE FILMS are my favorite viewings of last year.

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Favorite films

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Love Streams
  • Seconds
  • The Heiress

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  • The Proposition

    ★★★★½

  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★½

  • The First Wives Club

    ★★★½

  • The Ox-Bow Incident

    ★★★★★

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★½

    Licorice Pizza distinguishes itself from other inside baseball Hollywood pictures by being delightfully fringe, and it distinguishes itself from other period films by being laser-like in its specificity. The 70s is not just a mood, it's an exact time and place, and yet the events of that time and place are not the focus. They only make for a full-bodied background that Anderson's free-wheeling romance can splash up against, sometimes with turmoil and sometimes with elation. Like Phantom Thread and…

  • Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

    Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

    ★★★½

    I just adored these two women in all of their delusion and crippling self-consciousness. Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion is a great movie about loving yourself. Say nothing of the fact that it's fucking hilarious. It features a top tier Janeane Garofalo performance, and Lisa Kudrow is astoundingly funny. There isn't a single line read that she doesn't slay. Mira Sorvino is embodying her character just as sincerely, but the way Kudrow grapples with the world through a fog of dumbness is amazing. It's like she's always trying to connect the dots, and she's always smiling through it.

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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

    This is the most convincing descent into Hell I've ever witnessed. Yes, I'm only just now getting to it. What's even more embarassing is that I saw the remake and the prequel to the remake in theaters when I was in high school. My ex-girlfriend loved horror so that's where I would take her to make out and half watch the gory whatever going on. So I was exposed enough to the story that I felt prepared for this. I…

  • Tender Mercies

    Tender Mercies

    ★★★★½

    Tender Mercies feels like an 8 hour movie reduced to its most poetic moments. There are worlds and events and lives surrounding it, but we're living on the fringe of it all. That's not to say there aren't pivotal dramatic events, but there's something about the expanse of sky, whistling wind, and passing cars that gives everything an ethereal feel. It's practically dreamlike. It reminds me of No Country for Old Men in many ways. Not just the land of…