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  • The Gate

    The Gate 1987

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 28 Jun, 2016

    Commentary with director Tibor Takács, writer Michael Nankin, and special effects creator Randall William Cook.

    Fairly standard. Interesting that the writer is the more enthusiastic conversationalist rather than the director. At the beginning, he lets us know the true-life inspirations behind the choices he made. All three of them have a great sense of humor to the point of MST3K-territory, but not quite. They're definitely proud of their work on this, and they should be. The good tidbits surround the…

  • The Giant Claw

    The Giant Claw 1957

    Watched 25 Jun, 2016

    Featuring a fun Patrick Ripoll commmentary for his upcoming podcast.

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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…