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  • Blue Chips 1994

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Aug, 2014

    A "slam dunk" of a film.

  • Biutiful 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2014

    Brutal, even by Iñárritu standards. Nihilistic, even. An ugly life of crime already precipitously close to coming undone does just that in wrenching style. Things fall apart, and they just keep falling. What keeps it from becoming misery porn are the fantastic leads in Javier Bardem and Maricel Alvarez, both trying to stay afloat and failing. The movie comes full circle, ending right where it starts, and the final circle still being spun around is that much of a gut-punch when given its context. It's almost too miserable to recommend, but too beautiful to ignore.

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  • It's Such a Beautiful Day 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Mar, 2014

    A strange, painful, beautiful, lovely work of art. At once a harrowing microcosm and a soaring macrocosm . Normally, I roll my eyes at the term "masterpiece," but holy shit, what else would you call this.

  • Bubba Ho-tep 2002

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Mar, 2014

    There's a moment where elderly Elvis Presley and elderly black John F. Kennedy are going over their game plan to defeat an ancient Egyptian evil with the meager resources they're able to scrounge up in their old folks' home. While this all sounds farcical and ridiculous, the scene genuinely feels tense: the battle at hand with the "graffiti writin', soul suckin', son of a bitch in an oversized cowboy hat and boots" earns the pause of both heroes. They go on anyway, and the ensuing battle/ending is an awesome, fittingly poignant end to a comedic horror with heart.