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On This Day: December 3, 1947: A Streetcar Named Desire opened on Broadway

A Streetcar Named Desire opened in New York at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Scene 5, Streetcar Named Desire BLANCHE: Young man! Young, young, young man! Has anyone ever told you that you look like a young Prince out of the … Continue reading

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November 2016 Viewing Diary

Elle (2016; d. Paul Verhoeven) I loved it. People HATE this movie. One lady on Twitter said that men should be banned from making films about rape. How you would enforce such a rule is beyond me. Also: No fucking … Continue reading

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Things to Come (2016) d. Mia Hansen-Løve

Mia Hansen-Løve is one of my favorite film-makers working today. Her latest, Things to Come, starring Isabelle Huppert, is so wonderful. My review of Things to Come is now up at

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Supernatural: Season 3, Episode 1: “The Magnificent Seven”

Directed by Kim Manners Written by Eric Kripke The title of the episode tells us it’s a straight-up Western: villains riding into town, so-called good guys in their holdout, knowing they might die that night, and maybe one of the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Jonathan Swift

“[He is] the most vigorous hater we’ve ever had in our literature.” — Edgell Rickword on Jonathan Swift Primarily known for Gulliver’s Travels (here’s my post about it) and A Modest Proposal he was also a poet of uncommon gifts. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Louisa May Alcott

“November is the most disagreeable month in the whole year,” said Meg, standing at the window one dull afternoon, looking out at the frostbitten garden. “That’s the reason I was born in it,” observed Jo pensively, quite unconscious of the … Continue reading

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Happy (Belated) Birthday, William Blake

“I mean, don’t you think it’s a little bit excessive?” “The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. William Blake.” Pause. “William Blake?” “William Blake!” “William Blake???” “William Blake!!!” — BULL DURHAM “It is an honesty against which … Continue reading

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Gotham Awards Winners 2016

Here is the winner-tally from the Gotham Awards ceremony last night. I was on the nominating committee for Best Breakthrough Performance, and I am thrilled for Anya Taylor-Joy on her win last night. Hugely deserved! This is my second time … Continue reading

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Space Twin Powers Activated

Mitchell, Steven, Me Mitchell just unearthed this photo. I have not ever seen it. College. In a basement. A local punk band was roaring out its show about 10 feet away in a basement filled with 100 people. (I didn’t … Continue reading

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Review: Miss Sloane (2016)

There are some pretty deep problems with this, for me the main thing was that the dialogue doesn’t sound real, nor do any of the actors (except Mark Strong) get their mouths around it enough so that it lifts off … Continue reading

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