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  • Kicking and Screaming

    Kicking and Screaming

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Pretty much what I expected: good but not a hang-out-masterpiece. Good in that I’m graduating college in six months and have no idea what I want to do next, so I (for the most part) enjoyed spending time with these characters and seeing my (hopefully fading) idealistic/pretentious self in them here and there. And the flashback bar scene/final-minutes-street-convo between Grover and Jane really hit me. It was charming and simple, BY FAR the best part of the movie (and I’m…

  • Imitation of Life

    Imitation of Life

    ★★★★

    I think the core themes of Written On the Wind are deliberately more hidden, whereas thinking about this film in terms of its style and subversions is beside the point. To me, this is simply a universal and important statement about racism, and I think it’s emotional power is likely to affect any viewer at any time since its release, regardless of their film or artistic knowledge. It was even more devastating knowing it was made pre-64. Not that things…

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  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★★★

    Though I still haven’t seen several of his lesser known films, and though I’d say my personal favorite is Malick (Wilder is close), as of now I think Billy Wilder is the greatest director of all-time. Five (five!) undisputed masterpieces: Sunset Boulevard (a film I gave a standing ovation for whilst watching it alone years ago), Double Indemnity (the greatest film noir of all-time), Some Like It Hot (the greatest Romantic Comedy of all-time and my second favorite film), Ace…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★★

    Halfway through the film I wanted to go back in time and punch my old self in the face for trying so hard to follow every nuance of this deliberately complicated plot. But then again, the paranoia I had in the beginning is exactly what Anderson wanted, and there is a reward for paying close attention to what is going on here. My friend Ethan pointed out the scene in which Doc is in front of a bulletin board trying…