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  • How to Be Single

    How to Be Single 2016

    ★★ Watched 18 Aug, 2016

    Gives its performers room to be bright and sharp, particularly Dakota Johnson, but the premise is inherently rotten in its simple, limited conception, and it doesn't even come close to trying to offer any fresh revelations or approaches to the heterosexual romantic comedy.

  • In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place 1950

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 01 Jun, 2016

    In A Lonely Place came as the studio system had begun its slow deterioration, and it feels quite apart from it even while employing one of the star system’s elite in Bogart. The psychological insight of the film is remarkably acute, as is the reflexive depiction of Hollywood itself; it probes beyond the machinations of standard narratives to examine the dark impulses that bring people to write them, and the damaging lines between fiction and reality.


    Full review of the UK Criterion Collection release at Front Row Reviews.

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  • Liberal Arts

    Liberal Arts 2012

    ★½ Watched 24 Sep, 2012 3

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is the kind of wistful auburn drama that's so easy to watch, you feel harsh pointing out everything that's wrong with it. But it's so aware of being that kind of film, to the extent that the first piece of classical music that plays from Elizabeth Olsen's mixtape gift to Josh Radnor, soundtracking his journey back out of the rosy green backwoods of Ohio, is Beethoven's 'Pastoral' symphony. It's so deeply aware of itself that this mixtape becomes the…

  • Flesh for Frankenstein

    Flesh for Frankenstein 1973

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Mar, 2012

    To know death, Otto, you have to fuck life in the gall bladder!