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  • Jacob's Ladder

    Jacob's Ladder 1990

    Rewatched 14 Aug, 2016

    Commentary by director Adrian Lyne

    Given my love of this movie, I was hoping for a more insightful commentary from the director. But he's pretty reserved particularly for the final act. Could be a case of a director deciding to leave it all up to the imagination but at least expand upon some of the filmmaking techniques and how certain scenes came to be. He seems pleased with the end result but doesn't really add a lot of behind the…

  • The Damned

    The Damned 1963

    ★★★★½ Watched 07 Aug, 2016

    "The age of senseless violence has caught up with us too."

    Fear of the unknown has always been a big part of horror, one that is perhaps the easiest to mine when it comes to telling stories in this genre. There's something about watching movies from an era that I can't internalize based on a personal connection, and yet, I completely experience the paranoia and palpable terror that this film seems to embody. It’s a reminder of how the best…

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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…