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  • Wiener-Dog

    Wiener-Dog

    ★★½

    There are some very funny moments in this, but it feels more than ever like Solondz is going in circles. Beyond that, his disdain for film students and millennials is hacky at best; at worst, it feels like unexamined privilege. When a young white woman wears an "I Can't Breathe" shirt, what is the joke supposed to be? What are we supposed to be laughing at? I mean, I know it's a reference to Selma Blair wearing an anti-apartheid t-shirt in Storytelling, but all it served to do was make me second-guess having liked that movie.

  • Raising Cain

    Raising Cain

    ★★★★

    Watched the Director's Cut re-edit by Peet Gelderblom that is included on the new Blu-ray. I can see why De Palma decided to restructure the movie - it takes about half an hour to really get going - but the movie's escalating weirdness works better with this version's deceptively soap-y beginning.

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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★★

    One of my fondest moviegoing memories is the collective groan a frustrated opening weekend audience let out as Stanley Kubrick's elusive final film cut to black. It's a fair response, as Eyes Wide Shut deliberately upends our expectations; it's a movie that was sold on the promise of raunchy sex scenes featuring its then-married leads, but while there's plenty of skin throughout the film, the sex is as cold and alien as Crash (the Ballard book/Cronenberg film). I've heard a…

  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★★★

    Took a break from horror to watch this last night with a friend who hadn't seen it; at the end, she said that it was very sweet. It was the fourth time I've watched Drive, and it struck me this time how much it's a film about loneliness. All of the audacious style, every beautifully composed shot, the incredible action sequences and moments of shocking violence, the amazing soundtrack, everything that makes Drive so memorable hinges on two characters, divided…