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  • Demolition

    Demolition 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Apr, 2016

    There's a scene late in the film involving a random character hitting on Naomi Watts that seemed completely out of place, which made me roll my eyes. I actually wasn't a fan of the late development revelations in general that came across as tacked on. But I couldn't help but get caught up in a movie about someone coming to terms with extreme loss, because I've been there and currently feel concern about a close friend's health.

    In a lot…

  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 30 Mar, 2016

    Long-winded review to come within the week.

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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…