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  • Tim's Vermeer 2013

    ★★★ Watched 10 Sep, 2014

    One of those "just barely enough here to sustain a feature-length doc" types (see also: Leviathan) but at least it's not too windbaggy. Never really stops to acknowledge the pomposity and hubris of this whole exercise. Fascinating, inspiring and eye-roll-inducing at the same time. Wonder what this movie would look like if not filtered through Penn and Teller's well-honed winking condescension shtick, which the subject feeds into all too naturally.

  • The Unknown Known 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2014

    Twisty, typically level-headed portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, prized graduate of the Henry Fonda School of Folksy Elocution. Morris is the best living proof of Roger Ebert's dictum that movies are an empathy machine.

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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!!!

  • Smoke 1995

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 28 Jul, 2013 2

    Laid back 90's Miramax anything-goes-ness. Written by Paul Auster. Tom Waits songs. Keitel. William Hurt whisper-talking. Stockard Channing in an eye patch. Smoking, talking. Dog Day, Spike Lee, This. New York on film beats the ever-living shit out of actually being in New York. One of my favorite endings of any film.