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  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 21 May, 2016

    One of those movies that restores my faith in the screenplay again. Shane Black should just write these kinds of buddy cop comedy noir films indefinitely. He's so good at them even when all of the elements aren't fully realized (but like most noir films, it's dense with detail and subplot that it's easy to get lost). A couple of the more surreal bits don't quite work but I still found myself laughing out loud and often. Certainly more mainstream…

  • 25th Hour

    25th Hour 2002

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 20 May, 2016 2

    For years, Peter Weir's FEARLESS, I've cited as the film that has made me cry the hardest at the very end. Tears are hard to measure, but if my recent rewatch is any indication, it's safe to say that Spike Lee's 25TH HOUR now holds that honor. As sad as both films are, they manage to instill so many emotions in me that are hard to quantify and decipher. For me, the best films in my lifetime are not just…

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  • Take This Waltz

    Take This Waltz 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 04 Jun, 2012 4

    If someone were to point out my favorite thing(s) to read, even more than a great novel, it would be essays about something that affected them so deeply that they felt compelled to write about it. It can be short, or it can be 20 pages long. A great author of this approach would be Lester Bangs, who wrote beautifully indulgent music reviews in such an intensely personal way that were so resonant, that for the right reader, you might…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 17 Jan, 2015 6

    Big turnaround here! It took me a 2nd viewing to finally declare this is as a masterpiece of subtle spikes of paranoia, exploring the mystery at the heart of a hard crime, be it personal or political or both. My initial review is that this film is a meandering mess, but it's not. Not really. There are detours that add up to the overall idea that I THINK both PTA and Pynchon share: narratives don't matter in this cluttered cultural…