I saw MANCHESTER BY THE SEA and it's one of the best movies I've seen this year. It's a very small story in a small town, but the emotions are huge to the point of being overwhelming. It's a story of grief, guilt, and loss, all played beautifully by the actors. Casey Affleck is fantastic; his performance is so restrained. There are many times when another actor would go all out, but he has the discipline and talent to get the message across with less. And though Michelle Williams has a smaller role, her character's pain is almost palpable. 

What I didn't expect was for it to be so funny. There are times when the movie feels like a buddy movie, in the most classic sense. The writing is terrific. 

I left thinking that excessive drinking can really fuck up your life and, more importantly, that it's critical that we live and love to the fullest of our capacities and be present for every delicious little moment. My ex told me there's a saying in Chinese that translates into: "tonight you go to sleep, tomorrow you don't know if you can put your shoes on."  

A.O. Scott's insightful review: