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  • Where to Invade Next

    Where to Invade Next 2015

    ★★★ Watched 27 Jan, 2016

    Eye-opening but ultimately scattershot. It plays like "America Is Screwed Up," the cliff's notes version. Moore is fairly prevalent unfortunately and I realize his humor usually comes from subverting expectation or including an amusing image after something shocking, but it doesn't always land. Nor does his need to have the final word. Towards the end, an Icelandic woman delivers a profoundly sincere speech and instead of cutting to black, the camera zooms out as we hear Michael Moore say "Well…

  • The 5th Wave

    The 5th Wave 2016

    ★½ Watched 24 Jan, 2016

    Decent start, devolves quickly, seems like the curse of the January release to me. But it really is just a young adult teen "romance" of sorts that mixes HUNGER GAMES-apocalypse with BODY SNATCHERS, right down to her search for her little brother. I liked the opening, thought the first half hour was somewhat tolerable, but it ultimately becomes about nothing. And if it wanted to just simply be mindless entertainment, it's actually quite dull and contains very little tension or…

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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…