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  • America 2014

    ½ Watched 06 Jul, 2014 1

    My favorite part was all the hissing and shouting from the audience when they showed the footage of Obama saying that you could keep your current doctor under the ACA. It did feature D'Souza eating a hot dog though, so half a star.

  • Nothing Sacred 1937

    ★★★ Watched 10 Aug, 2014

    A weird meshing of great talents that just seem somewhat unsuited for each other: the talky cynicism of screenwriter Ben Hecht and the rough and tumble casualness of director William Wellman. Fredric March's plays too much of a stern type here to make the laughs stick, and a lot of his lines just kind of drop there; Lombard fairs much better, especially the chemistry with Charles Winninger. She feels looser and more manic than March's single track performance. Hecht's best…

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  • American Hustle 2013

    ★★ Watched 21 Dec, 2013 21

    A tale of phonies
    Made by phonies
    In second hand clothing
    Who enjoy playing as phonies.
    Flowers and garbage.

    "Russell's most exciting moments are three-layered: a familiar narrative or comic convention is exaggerated into a transgressive act, then grounded with a flurry of humanizing psychological detail."
    -Dan Sallitt, 2002.

    American Hustle would easily fit into the same realm as Pain & Gain, The Bling Ring, and Spring Breakers in the excess/over-belief in the American Dream run of films that amounted to…

  • Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Aug, 2013 3

    First romance
    Not charted on maps
    But preserved in paintings.
    "Car le temps de l'amour
    Ça dure tojours."

    I could talk about how this film's structure finally achieves the blissful melancholy that has been at the heart of all of Wes Anderson's films. I could talk about the precision of his framing and tracking shots, and how often he finds visual comedy through a perfect edit, or the slight entrance of new material into the frame. I could talk about…