Oldboy : A Country Reborn

The following contains spoilers for Park Chan-wook’s 2003 film, Oldboy. Proceed with caution. Oh Dae-su has a story to tell. Dangling a man by his tie over the side of a building, a strange man with a stranger haircut sees this as the best time of any to start opening up. He wants his newfound companion to…

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In defense of American Beauty

Here is something I know to be true: I love American Beauty. It’s a small thing to say, but somehow, it feels huge. Because Sam Mendes’ 1999 success has had a rough go of things as of late. To profess love, in 2019, could be considered a controversial statement. It is, at the very least,…

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The 18 Best Films of 2018

My picks of the litter in a particularly great year in film. 18. The Tale Jennifer Fox’s cinematic memoir is an unflinching investigation into the sexual abuse she endured as a child and later re-worked in her memory, until a childhood story resurfaced, throwing everything back into the light. A typically excellent Jennifer Dern acts…

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My Nominations for the 2019 Academy Awards

For most movie fans, the Oscars hold a certain masochistic fun. They are a large, diverse voting body that often represents both the best and worst aspects of the film community. (This is the same organization that gave Moonlight Best Picture in 2016, but years prior chose to award Crash over Brokeback Mountain.) It is…

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