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  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Jun, 2016

    One of my all-time favorite quotes by the great conductor Sir Thomas Beecham is: "There are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesn't give a damn what goes on in between."

    Tonight, I saw the latest by Nicholas Winding Refn (DRIVE; BRONSON), called THE NEON DEMON. Now, the reason I bring up the Beecham quote above is that the inverse seems to be true for this. Refn nailed the plot/pacing in the middle,…

  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 14 May, 2016

    Unquestioningly beautifully made. Contrary to what I'd heard, I had no problem following the plot, though a good deal of it is indeed a hot mess.

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  • All Night Long

    All Night Long 1962

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Jan, 2015

    Nifty & breezy retelling of Othello in the 60's London Jazz scene. While McGoohan's accent is miserable, he exudes the slimeball darn well in these Johnnie/Iago machinations. But having Dave Brubeck & Charlie Mingus carefully, lovingly captured on film is icing on the cake.

  • Jackass: The Movie

    Jackass: The Movie 2002

    ★★★★ Rewatched 18 Jan, 2012

    I was there opening weekend. However, I'd never seen Jackass' MTV iteration. Walking into this mindless entertainment was unexpected then, but somehow still as enjoyable 10 years later... with the exception of the Snow Cone & the Papercuts. Because I'm still as much of a wuss as I was 10 years ago & can't watch those.