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I Do Movies Badly: A Christmas Tale

Arnaud Desplechin’s A Christmas Tale is a mix of emotions, personalities, soundtracks, powerful performances, and filmmaking tricks that masterfully encapsulates the cacophony that results from a reunion of so many people with so much baggage. Desplechin’s aesthetic keeps the audience constantly unsettled,...

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Cunningham: Flat-Footed, by David Bax

Starting off with a bit of disclosure, I was unable to catch a 3D screening of Alla Kovgan’s Cunningham. Not that I’m exactly losing sleep over it. Despite my ongoing resolution not to turn into an old crank, I’ve never...

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Home Video Hovel: Olivia, by David Bax

From the vantage point of the toxic masculinity in which we men were raised, most female friendships are indistinguishable from love affairs. The openness, the tenderness, even the acrimony all exist at deeper levels than we tend to allow ourselves...

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Criterion Prediction #219: Italianamerican; American Boy: A Profile of – Steven Prince, by Alexander Miller

Title(s): Italianamerican; American Boy: A Profile of – Steven Prince Year(s): 1974, 1978 Director: Martin Scorsese Synopses: Italianamerican (1974) A personal profile centering on the director’s parents, Charles and Catherine Scorsese, and their insights and memories of immigrant life in...