It seems like just hours since I was last here. (For good reason.)

I rang in the new year not with shrimp and champagne, but with popcorn and Mr. Pibb. And The Royal Tenenbaums, a shocking, funny, and beautifully made film. I enjoyed it more than I expected to. It featured a great cast, excellent writing, and superb attention to detail. Really, it had a little bit of everything: wit, subtlety, slapstick, great graphic design, incest, suicide, car crashes, Big Lies, character development—well, you name it.