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New Year's Eve

Way back in 2003, when Richard Curtis wrote and directed Love, Actually, it seemed like a cheap trick: Come up with a bunch of ideas for romantic comedies, boil them down to their climaxes, and string all of those together in a single film, taking care to weave enough connections among the different characters to justify the hodgepodge.


Artists are not always good at explaining what they do. If they were, they’d be writers rather than painters or sculptors or musicians or filmmakers. Instead, they express ideas and feelings and perceptions by arranging paint on a canvas, or combining harmony, rhythm and instrumentation, or showing us imaginary worlds populated by imaginary people.

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