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  • Nasty Habits

    Nasty Habits

    ★★★

    During the 1972 presidential election, my kindergarten teacher created a mock voting booth and had the students vote on Election Day. The voting sheet showed a photo of the two candidates and their names: Richard Nixon and George McGovern. Because I was a kindergartener and didn't know much about anything—least of all, politics—I made my choice for president based on the photo. I voted for Richard Milhouse Nixon.

    Nasty Habits is a satire on the Watergate scandal. It tells the…

  • Touki Bouki

    Touki Bouki

    ★★★½

    March Around the World Challenge 2018
    3/30 - Senegal

    Oops! I picked a second film from Senegal for the challenge. I didn't mean to repeat a country, but I was well into this film before I realized my mistake.

    Touki Bouki seems to get its sensibility from the French New Wave. If the cast had been all white people, I would have guessed that I was watching a Godard film.

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  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    ½

    The Wolf of Wall Street is the most disappointing film of the year for me. It is a film with bad people doing terrible things for three butt-numbing hours. It is a film that asks its audience to laugh at gratuitous and dangerous drug use. It is a film that asks its audience to be entertained by the degradation of women. (Every woman in the film is portrayed as an object.) It is a film that asks its audience to…

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    ★★★★

    (NO SPOILERS)

    I was one of the lucky few fans (only 500 people) who made it into the X-Men X-perience and DOFP red carpet and world premiere in New York City. It was a day that began at 9 am and ended at 1 am. I queued for 7 hours outside the venue, then another 5 hours inside the venue on the red carpet, and then saw the film. I got to meet almost all of the cast on the…