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  • Inglourious Basterds 2009

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 11 Jul, 2014

    I was invited to be on a podcast called Making the Scene, which dissects individual film scenes chosen by the guest. After much deliberation, I decided on the La Louisiane scene in Inglourious Basterds, one of the tensest in recent memory. It's like a little 20-minute short story tucked away in the middle of the film, with its own distinct cast of characters, set-up, and resolution. Tarantino's sense of rhythm, working for the last time with the late master editor…

  • A Hard Day's Night 1964

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 09 Jul, 2014

    The first film I saw at The Nightlight, Akron, OH's very own arthouse. The Criterion restoration makes director Richard Lester's oddball black-and-white visuals pop; this 50-year-old movie looks as fresh and inventive as any modern music video. The new sound mix, overseen by Apple itself, is crisp and full, allowing the Fab Four's best pre-Rubber Soul hits to sound better than ever before. Each time I watch A Hard Day's Night, I find more tiny jokes and sly visual gags…

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  • Ruby Sparks 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Oct, 2012 4

    I've written ten screenplays and several short films. The most widely read script of mine has been read by about half-a-dozen people, but I still consider myself a writer first and foremost. As you're writing, your work is solely yours. Once you've finished, it remains yours. But as soon as you release it into the world, as soon as you share it with one friend or colleague, that changes. It doesn't belong to you anymore. Sure, if your work is…

  • Donnie Darko 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 05 Apr, 2012

    A lot of people seem to be backing away from Donnie Darko nowadays, distancing themselves from it like it's a particularly painful memory, an unwelcome flashback to their high school days. Well, maybe so. But don't blame that on the movie. I'm not going to give it credit for profundity that it doesn't have, except that it kind of does. A mysterious puzzle of a film, but pleasingly straightforward about its oddness. Gyllenhaal, Barrymore, and Swayze doing the best work of their careers.