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  • Happy Gilmore 1996

    Watched 17 Jun, 2014

    While Sandler and Herlihy’s agenda to depict the socio-economic coming-of-age lessons of the American Man-Boy has clarified itself over their expanding oeuvre, in this early venture there is a startling moment of poetic clarity when the film’s thematic message is effectively conveyed through the simple choice of wardrobe for towering actor Richard Kiel.

    The initial moments of Happy Gilmore depict an aggressive young Hockey Player, forcefully intent upon making his dreams a reality. While this force is implicit in the…

  • Only Lovers Left Alive 2013

    Watched 13 May, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • Inglourious Basterds 2009

    Watched 25 May, 2012 3

    While this is perhaps not the most interesting (nor masterful) of Tarantino’s works, it does have very interesting, if not expected inter-textuality, yet what does seem to receive little attention are the ways in which he makes subtle statements about war.

    While at the conclusion of the picture it becomes clear Basterds is just as much about the political strategy of the United States during World War II as it is present day. This is clear through the manner by…

  • Psycho 1998

    Watched 28 Aug, 2012

    While most reactions towards this version are dismissive complaints about the purity behind the “shot-for-shot” intentions or the shift in performance, what is uniquely illuminating about Van Sant’s rendition of “Psycho,” lies in what it reveals as instinctive to the formalism of nineties filmmaking.

    What makes Hitchcock’s Psycho so strong are the specific kinds of details that add up to reveal the subtle shifts in thought that guide a person in a direction that is unexpected and an unforeseen result…