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  • Elvis & Nixon

    Elvis & Nixon 2016

    ★★★ Watched 06 Jul, 2016

    There's no good reason for this movie to exist. It has the kernel of an interesting idea about Elvis' alienation and paranoia circa 1970 as it relates to Nixon's, but it never goes beneath the surface. As the child of a rabid Elvis fan, and thus a lifelong Elvis fan myself, it was really difficult to accept that Michael Shannon, who does not even attempt to look (besides the wig and jumpsuit) or sound (besides the tiniest wisp of a…

  • The Measure of a Man

    The Measure of a Man 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 07 May, 2016

    This has garnered comparisons to the Dardennes' Two Days, One Night, which are on point. Like that film, The Measure of a Man asks the question, How much are you willing to debase yourself or others for a paycheck? Anyone who's ever lived in poverty or hovered nearby knows the answer isn't as simple as you might think. Vincent Lindon's pained, mustachioed face wears that conflict well.

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  • Ruby Sparks

    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

    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.