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  • Pardon My Backfire

    Pardon My Backfire

    ★★★

    "Don't do it, mister! Remember: your mother and my mother are both mothers!"

    Clearly the inspiration for Batman v. Superman.

  • Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    ★★★★½

    "Do you want to go home or do you want to sing?"
    "I want to do both. Can't I have everything?"

    Or maybe:
    "Look at my face. I don't sing with my ass."

    Oh, what am I saying? Flo obviously gets the best line:
    "Where the hell's Vera?" "She went to shit, and the hogs ate her!"

    Scorsese's "light" work (see also: Hugo) doesn't get the respect it deserves. This movie is disarmingly naturalistic, it's empowering, and it's freaking hilarious,…

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  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    ★★★★★

    This is one filthy movie. I know I'm far from the first person to notice this, but, boy, is it ever obvious today.

    An opening scene of planes copulating. Then we meet General Erection post-coitus. Ripper explains he is afraid of his fluids being taken from his body...and, we later learn, new ones entering it. Then we go to a War Room of sexual repression: An emasculated president twice named after references to female genitalia; a general still thinking of…

  • Looper

    Looper

    ★★★★

    A heady, steadily paced flick with traces of X-Men, Equilibrium and every decent time travel movie, Rian Johnson's (the overrated Brick, the underrated The Brothers Bloom) Looper is easily the smartest sci-fi since Moon. Yes, even better than the similarly time-travel themed Source Code. It's not particularly complex but clever where it counts - its time-travel premise is deceptively simple but fleshed out with neat elements like Gordon-Levitt and Willis' shared and evolving memories, the inventive and somberly human use…