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  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals 2016

    ★★★ Watched 17 Nov, 2016

    What we have here is a failure to communicate to an audience its intentions. Either that or I simply failed to connect to its intentions and its overall thesis. Which isn't a necessarily a bad thing, mind you. Sometimes one connects to other elements, like the acting, cinematography and individual moments. Which is mostly the case here. It may have been a movie that aimed for the mind and the heart, but it comes up short for both. Make no…

  • The Whole Truth

    The Whole Truth 2016

    ★★★ Watched 21 Oct, 2016

    I know what you may be thinking the moment you see the title and read the synopsis. “Another courtroom drama? Oh my, Keanu Reeves and um, Jim Belushi? Well, that doesn’t interest me unless I was in the mood to watch an episode of Law & Order.” Let me state for the record that THE WHOLE TRUTH is a genuine surprise, as a cohesive statement about (in)human nature, the subjectivity of memory, the justice system, filtered through a perspective from someone…

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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…