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  • Hoosiers

    Hoosiers 1986

    ★★½ Watched 08 May, 2016

    I like Gene Hackman. I like Barbara Hershey. I love Dennis Hopper. I like sports montages. I love basketball. I like nostalgic sports movies. This film should work for me, yet all it does is make a sappy, cliche, kinda boring mess of all of the above. It starts out interesting enough, with Gene Hackman's coach coming into small-town USA and ruffling some comfortable, conservative feathers, but it becomes derailed the moment he's accepted into the fold. Actually, Gene Hackman is kind of great. The rest is basically a flat basketball, no bounce and no fun.

  • High-Rise

    High-Rise 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 03 May, 2016

    I'm impressed by its ambition, but then again, it's source material handles much of that heft. If Crash was made today it might resemble something like this, cold and distant but calculating instead of pulsating. Where Cronenberg's film excels at mapping it's characters psychology, Wheatley's film is interested more in concept and social constructs. I guess one just appeals more to me. How this ultra-modernist prison would make me feel is infinitely more fascinating to me than watching it's effects…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★½ Watched 10 Oct, 2014 3

    Either Damien Chazelle is a failed musician OR he's an old world, stodgy judge at brass band competitions who is probably also a failed musician. In reality, he's a film director and he's made one of the most frustrating films of 2014.

    Whiplash is the by-product of music being stripped of it's creativity, innovation and soul. It's a film about a young man who strives for excellence in an environment that praises technical proficiency and exactness over humanity and the…

  • All That Jazz

    All That Jazz 1979

    ★★★★★ Watched 30 Jan, 2016 2

    Destroyed me. One of those films where, after seeing it, all you can do is beat yourself up for not having seen it earlier. Scathing, joyous, reflective, reflexive. It's everything that is great about cinema, and therefore, life.