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  • Edge of Winter

    Edge of Winter 2016

    ★★★ Watched 28 Jul, 2016

    This movie is trying so desperately hard to be "The Shining". It is not "The Shining".

    It's more a cross between "The Shining" and "The Visit", with an unsatisfying conclusion but Joel Kinnaman is actually kinda ok in this. He tends to be better on tv though.

    Hollywood still doesn't know how to cast him.

    Tom Holland is not so great in this. Was this made 4 years ago? Isn't he 20?

    Not as good as "The Shining", hella better than "The Visit".

  • Wiener-Dog

    Wiener-Dog 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2016

    Todd Solondz is probably my favorite comedy director working today. I find his movies so wildly hilarious, demented and surprisingly soulful and, with "Wiener-Dog", he delivers a giant "fuck you" to all his haters and rebounds from the disappointment of his previous film, "Dark Horse".

    This at least feels like classic Solondz even though he is basically loosely remaking Robert Bresson's immortal classic film "Au Hasard Balthazar" for the self-obsessed, dog-loving (Donkeys? We don't need no stinking donkeys!), pop-culture literate…

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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.