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  • Spalding Gray: Terrors of Pleasure

    Spalding Gray: Terrors of Pleasure

    ★★★½

    Bit disjointed and ends abruptly as hell, but I just love it...

    "Throws me a basketball - happens to have my name on it."

  • The Counselor

    The Counselor

    ★★★½

    While the mordant, dreary, meandering quality of the film makes it difficult to LOVE, I admit there are certain scenes I've watched over and over and over since it came out. They really stick. Particularly the panicked scenes in the 2nd half, that 2nd half that seems to be totally focused on how characters adjust, or fail to adjust, to "the new dynamic". It's all expository - they're just words, but the words carry this sense of terrible inexorability. Something…

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  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    ★½

    At some point the adults in the room will realize they can't keep peddling Hammond's insane dream as something virtuous (Crichton didn't romanticize the character like Spielberg did, who projected his own desire to spoil children - which, come to think of it, sure explains why he cast Santa Claus in the role). Real pity they could only tiptoe up to the notion of animal rights, but I have a sneaking suspicion these writers are trained to space out their material (inevitable future franchise installments have to be about something, after all); zoological-industrial complex to be discussed in Jurassic Universe.

  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

    Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

    ★★★★½

    "Fuck Amok." Seen for the first time in the cinema - and I recommend everybody see it this way, as the inevitable walkouts seem central to the viewing experience.