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  • Suburbia

    Suburbia

    ★★★★½

    Easy to forget that hardcore punk (at least in its L.A. birthplace) emerged from the suburban margins rather than the cool urban core. It's also easy to forget the homophobia, misogyny, and racism present in many early punk scenes that ironically mirror the prejudices of their despised suburban adult squares. And Spheeris is unapologetic in documenting punk's misanthropic rough edges. The film is also prescient as hell in showing the effects of a rapidly deindustrializing U.S on the white working class.

  • Long Shot

    Long Shot

    ★★½

    It's a totally minor detail but that Rogen's character is supposedly in his early 40s (13 or so in 1990), so the tail end of Generation X, but is such a stereotypical millennial in terms of taste and sensibility bothered me to no end. I could have also been bothered my its more signifiant nonsensical failings and incongruities (a Secretary of State who single-handedly launches a major global environmental initiative? A Trumpian president who has a leftwing Secretary of State?)…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★

    File Under: Post-Apocalyptic Looney Tunes Adolescent Nostalgia Fantasy Fetish.

  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups

    ★★★★½

    Has any filmmaker had a more remarkable third act than Terrence Malick? With possibly two new films on the way in the next year, he will have made more films in the last five years than in his previous thirty-five. Imagine if Kubrick survived Eyes Wide Shut and belted out films at such a rate. That a film like Knight of Cups will not be fully appreciated in the present is a shame, but that it exists at all is…