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  • The Phenom

    The Phenom 2016

    ★★★★ Rewatched 09 Aug, 2016

    The films of Noah Buschel take damaged souls as their subjects, then create drama from the potential for repair. Perhaps none moreso than The Phenom, which seems to take therapeutic counseling as its structural guiding light. It opens on the face of a major league pitcher, the preternaturally talented Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons,) who’s about to throw five wild pitches in a single inning. The next shot introduces a second face, Dr. Mobley (Paul Giamatti,) the sports counselor who’s been…

  • Into a Dream

    Into a Dream 2005

    ★★★ Watched 10 Aug, 2016

    An early moment finds dorama actor Mutsugoro Suzuki (Tatsushi Tanaka) attending a low-budget Japanese-language staging of A Streetcar Named Desire, one marked by experimental acting and deliberately unreal conceits of staging. Suzuki joins a number of the performers after for drinks, where he catches some shade for his safer artistic choices; “I’m happy to be doing Tennessee Williams,” one member of the troupe announces. Suzuki’s girlfriend for the night—there are others—spots him wincing at the remark, and when she asks…

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  • The Keep

    The Keep 1983

    ★★★★ Rewatched 04 Oct, 2013 2

    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.

  • Chi-Raq

    Chi-Raq 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Nov, 2015 1

    Or: The Umbrellas of Chicago.