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  • Angel

    Angel 2005

    ★★ Watched 26 Apr, 2015

    Every once in awhile, I see a movie and go, "So this is what some people must've felt like when they watched Somewhere." As much as I loved the low-key, plotless approach. We start with a social worker being way too kind towards a client, then we see both lives separately for better or worse, mostly for worse since not a lot of happens to keep you interested. This is a movie with scenes where more people eat than they…

  • True Story

    True Story 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Apr, 2015

    I will be the first to admit that it is a fairly mediocre movie (almost a TV movie) that is elevated by my interest in the study of lying sociopaths. It all started with a little film called SHATTERED GLASS -- which is another conventional take on the "true story" surrounding journalism. Since then, I enjoy exploring these themes and despicable characters to learn more about how some sink to their nadir in hopes of making themselves into something that…

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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…