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  • Death Proof

    Death Proof

    ★★★★★

    It’s difficult to evaluate Grindhouse 10 years on. Beyond the nostalgic clouding of it being the first R-rated film I saw in theaters, it today presents an impossible quandary to me...half a masterpiece and half unwatchable, an experiment I respect that often totally fails, and a clear-eyed condemnation of Hollywood sex abuse that is also an exploitation film with Harvey Weinstein’s fingers all over it. In the spirit of its structure, Grindhouse is often two things.

    Planet Terror, my favorite…

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    ★★★★★

    Strictly superlative to me, always teetering on being my favorite film, fortunately too long and wounding to watch every day. My favorite Spielberg. My favorite Kaminski. My favorite child performance. The most personally affecting screenplay, though I'll gladly admit its flaws (its structure is...loose! and the verbiage in the first act especially is often questionable). Everything wrong with the screenplay, though, is countered by 50 idiosyncratic beauties made possible only by the same unfiltered quality that allows the flaws to…

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  • Glass

    Glass

    I bet Cahier is relieved to find their #1 of the year in January. As for me, I think it's glasscinating. Rating withheld until rewatch -- I think that's a good thing!

  • Psycho Re-Mix

    Psycho Re-Mix

    Pretty hypnotic, but both this and the Soderbergh have to reckon with the fact that Van Sant's film is already one of the great pieces of video art. I actually hope ol Sodie had never heard of this when he made his...even though I generally like his extracurricular fuckery (and god dammit those films should be on letterboxd), the strong craft of this makes Psychos kind of a blip. A silly young editor could edit this and Psychos together though, if they wanted. Might be kind of funny

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  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★★½

    Kurt Cobain and a parrot, the 1994 song Polly, "Polly want a cracker," saltine crackers, saltines and OJ, OJ Simpson who lived on Bundy Dr in Los Angeles, Ted Bundy, who killed dogs before men, Issac Newton, whose statue is next to James Dean's and who owned a dog named Diamond, Diamond Dogs by David Bowie, released the same year as Chinatown and David Robert Mitchell's birth, David Bowie's son directed a film revenant of 2001, which had a sequel directed by the director of Capricorn One starring OJ Simpson. Does it matter? Does anything we know matter? We can't take it with us.

  • Lords of Chaos

    Lords of Chaos

    ★½

    Big no from Andy Baughman! I need to learn to stay away from movies when people describe them as "the Goodfellas of _____". This is "the I, Tonya of other stuff that needs a different tone"