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  • The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans 2009

    ★★★★ Rewatched 04 Apr, 2014

    Saw this originally at a preview screening at Doc Films' (in the Max Palevsky Theater.) Audience was dead silent, occasional nervous tittering. This viewing was at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, who's auditorium is ALSO named after Max Palevsky, Patron Saint of Cinemas (?!?!). Audience was in an uproar throughout. I've always had a complicated relationship with this one, but being able to take it at face value as goofy Cage-ey hokum relieves a burden. Would make a fine…

  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 Apr, 2014

    Taking all my willpower to withhold that last half star. Some of the most unforgettable imagery I've seen in a cinema since at least THERE WILL BE BLOOD. Glazer fans will not be disappointed. Slept on it, still buzzing.

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  • Argo 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Nov, 2012

    GAFFE SQUAD: At the Canadian Embassy, there is an insert shot of a needle dropping on the *middle* of a record, and then Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks" plays over the scene. In fact, that song is the last song on the record, so the needle should have been dropped further toward the center of the record. GOTCHA AFFLECK!!!

  • The Magnificent Ambersons 1942

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Apr, 2013 1

    My absolute uncontested, TKO #1 favorite film of all time. Not sure I've ever really known how to justify that, as if I needed to. A film that can teach life lessons one can only hope to learn otherwise through terrible hardship and sadness. To see in 35mm was less a revelation than a fulfillment of a lifelong passion.