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  • Fool for Love

    Fool for Love

    ★★★½

    First, I think I'm a sucker for movies that take place in motels, hotels, and Holiday Inns. I'm also probably a sucker for rap lyrics that contain the words "motels, hotels, Holiday Inns," but that's another subject. The Florida Project, Barton Fink, The Shining, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Somewhere in Time, Mystery Train. Some day, I need to make a list of favorite "hotel/motel" movies. Actually, I probably don't need to do that because I just did.

    I'm also a…

  • The Last Polka

    The Last Polka

    ★★★

    I had no idea what this was even after I watched it, but friend Josh informed me that these were all SCTV performers and that these were characters from that show. I know next-to-nothing about SCTV and have nothing to add about that. You'll have to research that yourself if you're interested.

    Mockumentary-veteran Eugene Levy and John Candy co-wrote this and star in it, and they also, apparently, play their own instruments. The latter might be the most impressive part…

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  • Death Wish

    Death Wish

    Plot: A surgeon gets himself a new penis and becomes a hooded vigilante as he hunts down the people responsible for the death of his wife.

    An ode to manly gun use, this NRA wet dream ends up much duller than it should be. Bruce Willis sleepwalks his way through this. The storytelling is stupid, and both its violent action sequences and attempts to invoke genuine emotion are corny. One scene in a garage was so unnecessarily gruesome that this…

  • Satantango

    Satantango

    ★★★★★

    Two steps forward, one step back. I looked it up, and that's essentially what's going on with a tango. I figured the structure of this would be like a 7 1/2 hour tango, and indeed, that's what it appears to be. You watch an initial scene unfold, an extended tracking shot that you expect when popping in a Bela Tarr movie, and then a true opening scene involving three characters, a scheme, and a little infidelity. Then, an inciting incident…