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The Individual Top Tens of 2014 (at

There are 10 main writers over at, and yesterday we published our consensus Top Ten. Today, the editors have published each of our individual Top Tens. (The main contributors are featured, and so are a bunch of other writers … Continue reading

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Goodbye To All That (2014); directed/written by Angus MacLachlan

No, not the famous Joan Didion essay (strange, to pick such a famous title. Kind of like that recent Vanessa Hudgens’ movie called Gimme Shelter. Although maybe MacLachlan is consciously connecting his movie to Didion’s essay?) I wrote about this … Continue reading

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The Ten Best Films of 2014 (by contributors)

The way it worked was: Each writer for the site submitted his/her own individual Top 10 List. The editors then collated the group list into a collective Top 10. Tomorrow, our own individual lists will be published. Each one of … Continue reading

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The Crowd (1928); directed by King Vidor

Last night was a really special evening: my friend Farran Smith Nehme has written a wonderful novel called Missing Reels. It’s about a bunch of movie-mad characters in 1980s New York who start on a wild goose chase to track … Continue reading

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Millennium Mambo (2001); directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien

A circuitous and depressing film by the Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien, Millennium Mambo takes place in 2001, but, as the exhausted-sounding female narrator tells us, the events in the film happened “ten years ago”, giving a sheen of nostalgia and … Continue reading

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“Charlie’s nose is totally broken, blood gushing and all he’s saying on the way down is, ‘That was the greatest punch I’ve ever been hit with. Jesus, what a punch. Perfect. Oh, my god.’”

Part 3 of Kim Morgan’s epic conversation with Elliott Gould, Joseph Walsh, and George Segal, about California Split (which turns 40 years old this year.) So many great exchanges, but this one made me laugh out loud: EG: Ernie Lehman? … Continue reading

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014); directed by Peter Jackson

Mixed feelings. Thought “Unexpected Journey” was an unnecessarily elongated prologue, loved “Desolation of Smaug” (review here), and the final installment feels like a long-drawn-out closing paragraph. Should have been done in one film. Could have been done in one film. … Continue reading

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The Books: Once More Around the Park: A Baseball Reader, ‘The Arms Talks,’ by Roger Angell

On the essays shelf (yes, there are still more books to excerpt in my vast library. I can’t seem to stop this excerpts-from-my-library project. I started it in 2006!) NEXT BOOK: Once More Around the Park: A Baseball Reader, by … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Millie Kirkham

Millie Kirkham had an unearthly high soprano voice, and recorded with some of the biggest stars of her era (and other eras and ours). Perhaps most famously, she provided the swoopy woozy soprano part on Elvis’ original recording of “Blue … Continue reading

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“And so I knew that Sterling knew that I knew that Sterling knew that I knew that Sterling knew that I understood him.”

That is just one quote from Part 1 of a projected three-part series of Kim Morgan’s group interview at a deli in Los Angeles with Elliott Gould, George Segal, and Joseph Walsh about Robert Altman’s California Split (and myriad other … Continue reading

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