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  • Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers

    Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers

    ★★★★½

    This is the first Les Blank doc I've watched, and I'm pretty in love with his filmmaking.

    It's so fascinating to watch his camera seemlessly meld into these little subcultures, and even more fascinating to watch his subjects wax poetic about their favorite garlic usages, and spontaneously break out into song.

    Blank creates an atmosphere that puts us into these unusual places we may not have known about, as a total fly on the wall. That cognitive dissonance of bizarre elements with total realism is fantastic, and I can't get enough of it.

    I'm very excited to explore more of Blank's films.

  • How to Build a Time Machine

    How to Build a Time Machine

    ★★★★

    "How to Build a Time Machine" is another solid entry into Jay Cheel's growing filmography. It's blend of documentary and narrative cinematic techniques is nothing short of fascinating, and endlessly entertaining. The two focuses of the film, Rob Niosi and Ron Mallett, were fantastic subjects, and Jay does a great job of bringing the audience into their stories and keeping us emotionally invested in their artistic and scientific pursuits of time travel. This is a great movie that I think can be accessible and enjoyable to many different audiences, and I highly recommend seeking it out.

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  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★★★

    I can't quite grasp what I just saw... but it felt good.

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★★★★

    Saw this tonight at a special advance screening thanks to the Alamo Drafthouse! There was a simulcast Q&A with the cast and director afterwards, and I was lucky enough to get my question asked via Twitter. I even got to see the moderator butcher my last name right in front of Crowe and the Gos! The movie itself was pretty solid. It's a really fun 70's noir, and Crowe and Gosling are an awesome and hilarious duo. I don't know…