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July 30, 2017

(I almost wrote about the sequence where Hannah and Marnie dance to “Dancing on My Own”, but realized that was more about my love for Robyn than anything.)

Girls premiered right around the time when I started taking writing seriously, so I owe a lot of how I've honed th...

July 30, 2017

This is obviously a delicate subject, and people will have varying opinions on whether or not this actually happened. Putting all conspiracy theories aside, I'll never forget what this did to me the first time I saw it. 

I saw this in a Staten Island movie theater in th...

July 30, 2017

I had the privilege of hearing Mitchell Hurwitz speak when Doorman was at the New York Television Festival in 2013 (plug: chrisrussellactor.com/doorman). He's every bit as charming and hilarious as you would imagine (and does an incredible impression of Bea Arthur). Wh...

July 30, 2017

I really agonized over which scene I wanted to include in the film that defined my childhood. I came very close to writing about the opening scene in the New York Public Library, then all the scenes were Rick Moranis gets possessed and starts acting like a dog, but I c...

July 30, 2017

I was going to write about something else today, but in honor of the passing of director John G. Avildsen yesterday, I gotta talk about Rocky. 

It took a great deal of restraint to not just say "ALL THE MONTAGES FROM ROCKY 4 HEARTS ON FIRE STEROIDS AMERICAAAAA". Yes, Ro...

July 30, 2017

Go ahead. Comment. Tell me how it's the worst. Tell me how unsatisfied you were. Tell me how you banged on your TV because you thought the cable went out. Go on. Tell me how much of a pretentious film douche I am for putting it on this list. I will love it... just as m...

July 30, 2017

I've established that these are scenes from film and television, but the World Series is televised as fuck and it's my hashtag and I make the rules, yeah? Okay. 

So, if I were to go ahead and break the rule of this whole thing and talk about a real-world cinematic sport...

July 30, 2017

I feel like this movie gets shoved in a box on December 26th and we don't hear from it till TBS gives us a 24-hour dose on Christmas Eve. Gonna open that box on this humid as fuck New York City (okay, Jersey City) summer day. 

Before I say anything, after watching this...

July 30, 2017

Let's shake out the nightmare of Requiem for a Dream and jump back into a little comedy, yes?

This movie. We kinda forgot about it, didn't we? Remember that whole year where no one could stop grunting "GOD" and "IDIOT"? Well, I'll tell ya, I revisited it recently and it...

July 30, 2017

I'd sound ignorant if I claimed that the answer to the heroin epidemic would be to sit young people down and show them a film, but I really do think a few lives could be saved by showing Requiem for a Dream in high schools.

I first saw this when I was in college and I'd...

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August 4, 2017