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  • In the Treetops

    In the Treetops 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Jun, 2016

    Richard Linklater meets Stephen Cone with shades of David Gordon Green, John Hughes and even "The Myth of the American Sleepover" in this rambling, ramshackle teen drama.

    There is definitely a strong influence of Linklater in this loose narrative about a group of high school seniors on a late night drive during Christmas break dealing with crushes, the future and the death of the main character's middle school best friend in a drunk driving accident earlier that night.

    The film…

  • Dark Night

    Dark Night 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 25 Jun, 2016

    BAMcinemaFEST 2016 Film #4 - Closing Night Film

    Life got in the way and I only got around to 4 of the 10 movies I planned to see at BAMcinemaFEST this year but of the four, this Malickian meditative take on disaffected youth, hookah-smoking preteens, gun violence in America and the infamous Aurora, Colorado Movie Theater Massacre during a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" that forever changed how and why we go to the movies, was by far…

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  • Lost River

    Lost River 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 07 Apr, 2015

    Production designed like a motherforker and gorgeously, eerily filmed, Ryan Gosling's much ballyhooed directorial debut "Lost River" is a masterpiece and one of the great cinematic discoveries of 2015 so far (though, to be fair, I've known of the movie for years, since it was first announced as "How to Catch a Monster").

    Christina Hendricks from "Mad Men" plays a single mom who gets a job at a seedy club that is kind of like a circus of violence for…

  • Somewhere

    Somewhere 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 12 Mar, 2012

    I love this film. It's easily my favorite film of 2010. Elle Fanning is riveting, Dorff gives the performance of his career (ok, that's not saying much) and while it's more-or-less a companion piece to "Lost in Translation", it's also Coppola's nod to Antonioni. Love it.