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  • Vice

    Vice

    ★½

    2018 Ranked
    Seen in Theaters

    It should come as no surprise that Adam McKay‘s Vice reenacts the infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech given by George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell). In the film it serves as a bit of an inside joke, a wink at the audience as we know what is to come next. In the moment, Bush has no idea that he has been hoodwinked by those he trusted the most, while declaring victory long before the war would actually…

  • Ben Is Back

    Ben Is Back

    ★★★½

    2018 Ranked
    Seen in Theaters

    Ben Is Back and Beautiful Boy will find themselves connected at the hip as both follow the experiences of a parent and a child as they traverse the minefield of addiction. Whereas Beautiful Boy follows a father and son’s experience over the course of a few years, Ben Is Back follows a mother and son over the course of just 24 hours. In this, their approaches differ. Both find the parents coming to realizations they…

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  • A Face in the Crowd

    A Face in the Crowd

    ★★★★

    The Criterion Challenge, Pt. II: 13/100

    With the recent announcement of A Face in the Crowd being released by the Criterion Collection, the timing could not be better to watch this film. Of course, I had recorded it about two years ago on TCM, never got to it, changed cable providers and lost the recording, and then repeatedly intended to watch it in the meantime via other means only to never do so. Even now, I had gotten it out…

  • Fragment of Fear

    Fragment of Fear

    ★★★★

    25 Films x 8 Decades: 1970s

    I seem to be on a bit of a run of watching David Hemmings star in films where he is some confused bystander who stumbles upon a string of murders. Definitely not as stylish as the excellent Blow-Up or as bloody as the excellent Deep Red, Fragment of Fear carves out a unique place amongst Hemmings-led crime films. A British twist on the giallo that takes more of a Hitchcockian approach to it all,…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

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

    2016 Ranked
    Top 100 Films
    Seen in Theaters

    Postmodernism is a film theory that suggests that there is nothing original anymore. If it could be made, it has been made and we are doomed to simply remake a once original idea in perpetuity. Postmodernism also includes ideas regarding nostalgia and hyperreality, positing that cities such as Los Angeles may physically be real, but are in fact, dream worlds that are not actually there. In Damien Chazelle's latest work and, dare…

  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★★½

    2011 Ranked

    Forgive me father, for I have sinned. When I saw Drive for the first time in 2013, I had just finished my first film class in high school and was set to graduate from high school in a few weeks. Now, a week and a half removed from finishing college a semester early, it was time to atone for the sins of my youth. Unacquainted with good films at the time aside from the ones I saw in…