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A selected inventory of 2020.

By the numbers … 207: feature films I watched in 2020 (10 of which I viewed in a theater) 47: books I read in 2020 29: pizzas we ordered from The Art of Pizza 86: mystery green statistic Happy New … Continue reading

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3 things about Richard Linklater’s WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE

Where’d You Go, Bernadette [2019] 1. Star-shaped opening in the carpet revealing the green shoot of a houseplant. 2. Microsoft money. 3. “Interventions are above my paygrade.”

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Best films I watched for the first time in 2020.

Years don’t matter any more, if they ever did. True is true. CAMERAPERSON (Kirsten Johnson) DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK’N’ROLL (John Pirozzi) FIRST COW (Kelly Reichardt) I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS (Charlie Kaufman) JASPER MALL (Brett Whitcomb & … Continue reading

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3 things about Paul Thomas Anderson’s INHERENT VICE

Inherent Vice [2014] 1. “Molto panacako!” 2. A bare patch on the sofa cushion’s vinyl cover. 3. “So, justice was served?” 3 other things.

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3 things about Patty Jenkins’ WONDER WOMAN 1984

Wonder Woman 1984 [2020] 1. Fanny pack. 2. “Mind your business.” 3. Unwanted cows.

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3 things about Frank Capra’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

It’s a Wonderful Life [1946] 1. Mr. Gower’s voice is the first we hear. 2. Fifty cents on the dollar. 3. “Yeah, yeah yeah, soybeans, yeah.” 3 other things.

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3 things about John McTiernan’s DIE HARD

Die Hard [1988] 1. Japanese artifacts in the vault. 2. Is the nerd the only bad guy who doesn’t die? 3. “Now I know how a TV dinner feels.” 3 other things.

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3 things about Lulu Wang’s THE FAREWELL

The Farewell [2019] 1. Professional crier. 2. She pulls up her shirt, revealing the cupping marks on her back. 3. Outside the window of her hotel room, a plume of cigarette smoke dissolves in the air.

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Rob’s Best of 2020

Not necessarily released in 2020, these were nevertheless some of the songs I listened to all year long: a personal time capsule of the past twelve months. Enjoy!

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3 things about Billy Wilder’s THE APARTMENT

The Apartment [1960] 1. Strand of leftover spaghetti on the tennis racket. He wraps it around his finger. 2. On her way out, she deposits a dime on the desk. 3. Key to the executive washroom. 3 other things.

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