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  • The Box 2009

    ★★★½ Rewatched 03 Feb, 2015

    Every couple of years I come back to this movie because I want to truly truly love it, but so much holds me back from doing so. The fact that Kelly has called this his most personal film has me worried more than his floating water wormholes which he can't seem to keep out of any of his stories. Nevertheless, the mood here is beautifully realized -- full of dread, mystery and lurking menace. I even like the library stuff…

  • Caught 1949

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Feb, 2015

    At times, I was reminded of THE SERVANT, and then it becomes a sweet little love story, then back again to truly dark terrain again so it's a little bit off tonally. And that ending is a little bit of a head-scratcher for me which keeps it from attaining true greatness. I could watch James Mason read the phonebook and be happy.

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  • 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 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…