The story of Us begins in 1986, on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with a young girl, Adelaide Wilson (Madison Curry), and her two parents. Dad’s a little drunk, but he does manage to win her a Thriller t-shirt and buy her a candy apple. Mom’s a little frustrated; this is probably not the first time he’s staggered around in public with herky-jerky foolishness. And, like most children, Adelaide silently watches. She doesn’t know what they are fighting about, but she knows they’re fighting. She’s seen it before, and like any child bored with their parents, she wanders off. First … Continue reading US


“I want you to contextualize my sadness,” Philip says. “Put whatever you’re going through into perspective.” Philip delivers this line to his girlfriend, but he might as well address it directly to the camera. Or to the world. As far as Philip is concerned, it’s all the same thing. Galileo was wrong; the Earth is in fact geocentric. And it revolves around him. In Listen Up Philip, Philip Lewis Friedman (Jason Schwartzman) joins the list of cinema narcissists, a long line if there ever was one. The dialog I chose to open this review comes in the final fifteen minutes … Continue reading LISTEN UP PHILIP


If there is a lesson behind The One I Love, it is this, “Never look a gift horse in the mouth.” That’s it. Good night, folks. Enjoy the movie. You want more? What it’s about? Well, that’s a little trickier. The set-up: Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss) have been married for an indeterminate amount of time. It used to be good, but they hit a rough patch and don’t really know how to deal with it or look past it. How long they have been in this rough patch isn’t addressed either, but they have sought counseling from … Continue reading THE ONE I LOVE