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  • Inherent Vice 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Jan, 2015

    LET THEM EAT MULTU PANUCAKU

    Second year in a row where my favorite film is likely to be the one that had me in unending gleeful stitches while the rest of the room alternately clammed up or dutifully golf-clapped through their bewilderment or ambivalence.

    Absolutely bowled over by the intoxicating cocktail of shagginess and diamond-dense plot, which reminded me of PRIMER in the way it flirted with my interest just enough to draw me further into the mood, which is,…

  • Calvary 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 11 Jan, 2015

    lots of little gifts in this, from the perfect top to bottom casting (M. Emmett Walsh!, on up to Gleeson, who has the gravity of the sun.) And lovely dialogue, natch. Happy to have McDonagh to fill the Mamet-sized hole in my heart. Great camerawork, too. Pretty unmissable IMO.

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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.