Favorite films

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • A Clockwork Orange

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  • Herakles

    ★★★½

  • Village of the Giants

    ★★★½

  • The Naked Kiss

    ★★★★

  • Slacker

    ★★★★★

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  • Naked Lunch

    Naked Lunch

    ★★★★½

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    It's been forever since I read Naked Lunch, but the reaction it elicited carved a deep memory into my brain. I remember thinking "well I've read the whole thing and don't know I could tell you much more about it now than I could before I read it" which was a reading first. Digesting Burroughs' chopped-and-screwed/cut-up book of "routines" was to interface with an organism so utterly alien and phallic and bizarre that the only experience it felt similar…

  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★

    There's only two truly calm moments in Good Time, and they happen right at the beginning and right at the end. At the beginning, the calm is quickly and uncomfortably replaced with an increasingly menacing sense that the whole situation is about to explode, and it's a sensation that never feels fully defused until the credits are rolling.

    But until that end is reached, the movie could best be described as driving. The tempo is borderline breathless, and there's an…

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  • Herakles

    Herakles

    ★★★½

    A Year of Film History Challenge 2019
    (watching a little bit of film history month by month, decade by decade)
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    In his debut short filmmaker Werner Herzog finds modern counterparts for the great labors of Hercules (construction cranes for the Giants, long winding snakes of traffic for the Hydra) and asks if the present-day Hercules types---the professional bodybuilders---could solve the issues these items represent. We never see our modern Herculeses (Herculoids?) outside of the gym or displaying their bodies…

  • The Naked Kiss

    The Naked Kiss

    ★★★★

    Okay The Naked Kiss, you got me: I can't say as I've ever seen a movie that starts with a call girl beating up a dude for not having her money (and then losing her wig mid-tussle). Oh my.

    That shock opener is the set-up to the story of a working girl named Kelly (Constance Towers giving a very strong lead performance) who decides it's time to relocate due to situations like the one just described. She gets to a…

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  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

    Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

    ★★★★

    The very first shot of Jim and Andy is of a now gray-bearded 55-year-old Jim Carrey, and it feels like he's playing a character. Is this Old Jim we're seeing? Or Documentary Jim? Or are we just so used to Some Character Jim that we don't recognize the real him when we see it? Or even more disconcerting: did Real Jim get tossed aside somewhere along the road to the fame he now enjoys, possibly lost in the funhouse that…

  • Manos: The Hands of Fate

    Manos: The Hands of Fate

    ★★★★★

    You people giving The Room half a star and being like "how could a movie possibly be any worse?" You haven't even begun to gaze into the abyss.

    I like my bad movies looking like they were found in a box that was home to a family of possums living under a leaky sink at a drive-in that's been closed for 40 years.

    I like my bad movies to have a musical score that sounds like a cheap bootleg of…