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  • 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…

  • Ouija: Origin of Evil

    Ouija: Origin of Evil 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Oct, 2016 3

    First things first, the original OUIJA was forgettable. I would sooner take any of the WITCHBOARD movies over the first OUIJA and even those were barely passable. Secondly, the director of OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL is one of my favorite horror directors working today so know that up front when you see my rating and read this assessment. As much as I thought OCULUS was superbly well-edited and genuinely shocking, his first film ABSENTIA, I saw under circumstances involving a…

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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…