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  • Killer Party

    Killer Party 1986

    ★★★½ Rewatched 22 Sep, 2016

    I first saw this in the early 90s when I rented it from Citizens Video, a local mom and pop video store in NW Indiana with my best friend, Matthew Denny. We were the type to rent any horror movie that looked funny. Everything from BLOOD DINER to DEAD-ALIVE was consumed on a semi-regular basis. KILLER PARTY is one of those titles that does not often get mentioned when people discuss 80s slasher movies but it’s certainly one of the…

  • They Live by Night

    They Live by Night 1948

    ★★★★★ Watched 24 Aug, 2016

    A new all-time favorite for me that I can’t wait to own on Blu-Ray, and show it to everyone I know. It wasn't released for two years because of the chaotic conditions surrounding Howard Hughes' takeover of RKO Pictures. Before BADLANDS and BONNIE & CLYDE, ethere was THEY LIVE BY NIGHT, which I sincerely feel is one of the strongest examples of a love story between two people from opposite sides of the tracks. The first scene shot was the opening…

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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…