My Top 10 Favorite Uses of Diegetic Needledrops

What is diegetic music? That’s music that’s happening within the movie. Like John Cusack’s character bringing a boombox to play In Your Eyes in Say Anything…

What is a needledrop? That’s when the moviemaker tries to elicit a reaction from the audience by using an existing song within a movie.

Sometimes these are combined, like in these ten great examples.

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My Top 10 Favorite Movie Endings

Endings are hard. Even many great movies miss with their ending, especially if they aim for the kind of feelgood ending that the filmmakers sometimes seem to feel let’s them off the hook with the rest of the movie, as long as the ending makes people feel like the movie was worth seeing when the rest of the movie wasn’t working. Hell, even the best movie of all time has the main character just sitting there for six minutes (it’s actually a great ending, but out of context sounds awful.)

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My Favorite Movies with Female Directors, Vol. 2

I made a list about this five years ago (late 2018, so little bit over five years), but while I still stand behind that list, what has changed is that I’ve seen a lot more movies from female directors. And I do mean a lot. Many of them older than that list, but since women have had trouble finding visibility in the industry, many of them were movies I had never heard of before. Meanwhile, many women have found opportunities and have been able to make great movies.

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