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About dcpfilm

Shooting, teaching, writing and watching the Phillies.

Eighth Grade (Burnham, 2018) and The Kindergarten Teacher (Colangelo, 2018)

I both laughed and cried during Eighth Grade. When is the last time I did that during a film? Bo Burnham’s film is undoubtedly one of my favorites this year. It’s very American (as I confirmed having spoken to several non-Americans … Continue reading

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Long Day’s Journey into Night (Bi, 2018), and Bad Times at the El Royale (Goddard, 2018)

Long Day’s Journey into Night is probably the most fun I’ve ever had at a film whose plot I could care less about. I suppose I ostensibly understand the plot here (and I’m surprised it confused me so much. I mean, … Continue reading

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3 Days in Quiberon (Atef, 2018) and Under the Silver Lake (Mitchell, 2018)

I wonder if an audience who doesn’t know who Romy Schneider is, or doesn’t care about her, for that matter, would like 3 Days in Quiberon. For what it’s worth, I really like the film (I also really like Romy Schneider, … Continue reading

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Shoplifters (Koreeda, 2018) and Mug (Szumowska, 2018)

I missed Hirokazu Koreeda’s last three films (big oversight on my part), but Shoplifters, his Palme d’Or winner, is to my recollection of Like Father, Like Son and Nobody Knows, a slight change of style with all of the great trademarks in place. … Continue reading

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Summer 1993 (Simón, 2017) and Mandy (Cosmatos, 2018)

Carla Simón’s feature debut is such a delicate, touching drama. It’s basically four actors (with some nice support) and one location, shot handheld that, as I mention in my last post for A Ciambra (though the two films are quite … Continue reading

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A Ciambra (Carpignano, 2017)

A Ciambra is one of the best films I’ve seen in 2018. I won’t be surprised when Jonas Carpignano’s next film is hotly anticipated before its premiere. Pio (Pio Amato – what a performance!) comes of age quickly in his … Continue reading

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The Last of Us (Slim, 2016)

Ala Eddine Slim’s debut feature The Last of Us is so ephemeral. Entirely wordless, and really wondrous, it’s a refugee story unlike any other I’ve seen. Very slight SPOILERS below. Jahwar Soudani nails a challenging performance as the nameless protagonist (N), who wanders … Continue reading

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