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  • Never Let Me Go (2010)

    Never Let Me Go (2010)

    “Who told you these stories? Everybody knows them. And how do you know they’re true?” In my earlier review of The Ballad of Narayama, I made a subtle reference to this film, and so I decided I should write about it as, in many ways, this film is a spiritual descendant of that film, touching…

  • Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016)

    Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016)

    In the wake of the 2007-2008 subprime mortgage crisis and the Great Recession, the federal government prosecuted not one of the large banks — not Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, or Wells Fargo — but instead went after Abacus Federal Savings Bank, a small, family owned financial services company with seven branches that primarily…

  • The Efficiency Expert (1992)

    The Efficiency Expert (1992)

    “Tell me something. Did you ever talk to any of these five hundred people we’ve put out of work? Did you ever find out how many kids they have? Or what they do in their spare time? Or if they ever raced slot cars?” It’s hard to believe that a film that stars Anthony Hopkins,…

  • The Lobster (2015)

    The Lobster (2015)

    Are we Lobster? Although The Lobster is not an enjoyable film per se (there are some very funny moments, but it’s also quite brutal), it’s a film that makes an indelible impression, especially because what seemed like a ludicrous premise in 2015, when the film was released, turned out to be prescient. The film depicts…

  • The Ballad of Narayama (1958)

    The Ballad of Narayama (1958)

    This was the last film that Roger Ebert added to his Great Movies list before his death in 2013. The Ballad of Narayama is also part of The Criterion Collection, so it may be a stretch to suggest that this film is unknown, but I would think that many people haven’t seen this film given…

  • Clockwatchers (1997)

    Clockwatchers (1997)

    “Isn’t anyone going to say anything? Isn’t someone going to speak up for me?” As someone who has worked numerous temp jobs, I love how this film captures so many little truths about the interpersonal dynamics of temporary coworker relationships and the disposable way we treat people in today’s corporate culture. The film is centered…