Okay, listen up, because this is important:
The Holdovers is my favorite film for all of 2023.
I know that Oppenheimer will be favored to sweep the Oscars, but Giamatti is my dark horse hope.
Cillian was good, but Paul is sublime.
He and Da'Vine Joy Randolph, under the direction of Alexander Payne, have created a masterpiece.
It falls just one iota shy of Dead Poets Society, which I think we can all agree is among the finest films ever made. The same stratum as, say, The Shawshank Redemption, or anything comprising AFI's Top 100.
Da'Vine Joy Randolph caught my attention in 2022's The Lost City (Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Danielle Radcliffe, and Brad Pitt), but she's all that and much, much more.
You should read all about it (but only after seeing The Holdovers, of course), which you ABSOLUTELY MUST DO RIGHT NOW!
Our family saw it three times in the theater, and it will become a staple in our annual rotation of Christmas films, right up there with 1971's immortal Scrooge starring the late, great Albert Finney, whom we lost in 2019, God rest his soul.