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  • Story of a Prostitute

    Story of a Prostitute

    ★★★★★

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

    I must admit, Seijun Suzuki's over-stylized and comic booky flicks have not been my cup of tea. They aren't bad, just nothing I was over the moon for. And his knack for making “incomprehensible films” actually got him fired from Nikkatsu Studios. So, to say this movie blindsided me would be an understatement - Prostitute is more spiritual and cerebral, and less incomprehensible than anything I'd seen from the director. It's still visually stylized and audacious, but you now find…

  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★★★

    I love comics and superhero movies; I love the over-the-top action and drama; the color and the jaw dropping spectacle. Logan however eschews the colorful costumes and grounds its story in pain and loss. It succeeds because I believed in its humanity… as well as its inhumanity, which was palpably real. And unlike The Wolverine it didn’t sacrifice the 'real' it built up for a silly, ill fitting ending.

    Logan's a brutal picture (as it should be, these two have…

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  • Overcoming Fear

    Overcoming Fear

    MST3K alumnus Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff are back in a livestream riff-show that again, targets a series of shorts, under the appropriately titled heading, "The Mads: A Night of Shorts 2". With this one, they were joined by guest, Mary Jo Pehl for the post-show Q&A, and she was a delight. Overall this was a blast... ing cap!

    The show starts off strong with a psychologically dark piece, which was met with quips that were spot on daggers. They…

  • The History of the Seattle Mariners

    The History of the Seattle Mariners

    ★★★★★

    More than any other sport, baseball loves its stats.

    Bearing that in mind, this 6-part, SBNation miniseries doesn't go the traditional 'talking heads' interviewed route found in other docs. No, appropriately enough, numbers drive the story. This is Mariners history as relayed through stats and graphs. And while that sounds like it would lend itself to a telling that's cold and remote, it actually generated a lot of warmth and intimacy. The data and charts were fascinating, the quirky oddball…

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  • One-Eyed Jacks

    One-Eyed Jacks

    ★★★★½

    One-Eyed Jacks isn’t a universally hailed western like say a Stagecoach or High Noon. But it has its devoted fans, and I number myself among them. The film has been in a sorry state for decades, so I was elated when I found out that Criterion was releasing a restored version of Brando’s lone directorial effort. And when I hit play I was blown away. They did a beautiful job. Though I’ve seen the picture at least a half dozen…

  • Lilith

    Lilith

    ★★★

    Oh if only Warren Beatty had been a stronger actor, and was able to bring some nuance to the part of Vincent - the war vet who takes a job at a sanitarium and gets too involved with a female patient. If he was able to convey the idea of a man going from point A to point B during the course of the film – and gradually falling to ruin after betraying his core principals - this movie might…