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  • Red State 2011

    ★★★ Rewatched 14 Sep, 2014

    Like Tusk after it, a rambling stoner movie; a multi-hander that shifts gears, genres, and targets every 10 minutes because it’d rather do everything on Kevin Smith’s mind than focus on any one particular thread. We get a bit of Michael Parks as Eli Roth’s Fred Phelps, a bit of John Goodman as male Marge Gunderson, some shootouts, some chase scenes, some social commentary, some gore, some fashionable nihilism weighed out by some rather crass attempts at achieving a sort…

  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back 2001

    ★★ Rewatched 20 Sep, 2014

    “The key word here is indulgent.” Jay and Silent Bob is nothing more than Kevin Smith congratulating himself for having survived eight years in the business and having made four movies. We start with nods to Clerks, Mallrats, Amy, and Dogma, and continue down the path of throwback jokes and cameos for an endless 105 minutes. There’s also a slow-motion pan up a bent-over Shannon Elizabeth’s ass, and plenty of jokes about people not knowing what the Internet is, because…

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  • The Keep 1983

    ★★★★ Rewatched 04 Oct, 2013 1

    On 35mm, at the Coolidge. Apparently Paramount, decades ago, told them to junk the print. No one did because it had "KEEP" written on the front frames. Just passing that along.

  • Pennies from Heaven 1981

    ★★★★½ Watched 04 Sep, 2014

    Or: Lies My Musicals Told Me. A feature-length argument against the maxim that popular art is a reflection of the way we live; instead Herbert Ross and his team argue that popular art actually just represents (or even creates) the large-scale lies we need to tell ourselves in order to keep our brains from going haywire with malice, worry, and regret. And so Pennies - which basically collapses the entirety of the 20s and some of the 30s into one…