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  • The Dead

    The Dead

    ★★★

    I gave this such a bad review the first time I watched this. On second viewing, I have no idea why I disliked it so thoroughly. It’s not my favorite to be sure, but it has this... I don’t know, *delicate* air about it and yet still carries a lot of weight. I’m still unsure. 

    Perhaps upon the next viewing I’ll fall in love with it. Perhaps I need to mature more personally to understand it completely. 

    Or maybe I should just read the damn story.

  • Detroit

    Detroit

    ★★★★½

    Very effective, and my heart was in my throat most of the duration.

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  • Popeye

    Popeye

    ★½

    One of the weirdest things I've ever seen. It's barely a movie. It's like Robert Altman made 3 Women and kept looking at Shelley Duvall and saying to himself "God, DAMN that woman looks like Olive Oyl" and then he couldn't get it out of his head and it gave him bad dreams and he was begging his brain, "PLEASE, stop, I don't want to make a Popeye movie!" but his brain just kept showing Shelley Duvall going "Ohhhhhh!" in…

  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★★★

    The movie is flawed, okay? Okay.
    But I can't help but love a movie that calls me out on my bullshit.

    There I was, in the dark theater, noting the fluid style of editing, and trying to decide if the unrelenting jazz drums were annoying or awesome. I felt a Altmanesque rhythm to the dialogue, a pinch of Bunuel, a cup of Kaufman.

    There I was, happy little film buff making all my "labels and comparisons". And Birdman knew I…