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  • Beware of a Holy Whore 1971

    ★★★★ Added

    I thought of Douglas Sirk during ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL obviously, but here I thought of an interesting amalgam between Wenders and Godard. If I were teaching a class on film, I would definitely show a film by each director and although I've only seen two by Fassbinder so far, one moved me to tears while this one made recognize the craft and artistry of his peculiar style. The characters, youngish (mostly) film crew members, loll about in the…

  • Wake in Fright 1971

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Jan, 2015 1

    I can't decide which I like more. This one or WALKABOUT.

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  • 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…

  • 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…