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  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Aug, 2015

    I really like this series as a whole... a lot. Each film is distinctive and not just because there's a new director on board every time. Even Hunt as a character seems different throughout. In the first one, he seems cocky and very Cruise-esque. In the second one, he's a slo-mo Woo construct with very little soul. In the third, he's a conflicted family man. In the fourth, he's a cartoon character running through a sandstorm. In the fifth, he's…

  • The Guest

    The Guest 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 29 Jul, 2015 2

    I know this sounds weird, but watching this a 2nd time, I thought of WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER. Not in terms of tone or its pastiche, but mainly due to the fact that this movie encapsulates and captures all of the elements of the types of films I grew up renting and watching in high school with my friends. WET HOT represents the type of dumb coming-of-age sex comedies I still can't believe I sat through (POISON IVY from 1985,…

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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…