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  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

    ★★★½

    A lot of people questioned the splitting of the final book into two movies, but honestly I couldn't see how they could have remotely done it justice. (blame the success of this for every YA series going forward adding an extra movie on top of the number of books they're based on lol) Then again, this makes me think they should have done the same for book five as well, which had to use multiple montages to cover vast stretches…

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    ★★★½

    aka Harry Potter and the Girls Are So Horny This Year

    aka Harry Potter and the PG Rating Somehow Despite Being The Darkest Yet

    aka Harry Potter and the Proof That Gambon Is The Better Dumbledore

    I could probably go on with increasingly stupid titles, but I just wanted to say, I've got a weird affection for this one that raises it above most of the other movies in the series. Sure, it dips into some dumb stuff in the…

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  • David Lynch: The Art Life

    David Lynch: The Art Life

    ★★★

    I've experienced one David Lynch biography before this: The Man From Another Place, written by Dennis Lim. It is a fantastic read, as engaging and accessible as you could hope for a book about such a seemingly impenetrable guy. I read it over the course of one day, mostly in the bathroom, while violently sick in Mexico exactly five years ago. It was weirdly appropriate, reading it in a gut-wrenching fever haze. Much of what I learned in that book…

  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    ★★★★½

    I finally got a hold of Memories of Murder, the first Bong hit, the one I should have watched immediately after being blown away by The Host a decade and a half ago. Since he's become one of my favorite directors in the intervening years, I was expecting a lot. Of course, he totally delivered. Paired up with Song Kang-Ho and a grounded, funny, and tremendously humane serial killer narrative, there's no way I could have been let down. Still,…