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  • My Own Private Idaho

    My Own Private Idaho


    this is an endearingly jumbled film, flowing from an impressionistic portrait of a narcoleptic hustler's liminal existence into a loose goofy Shakespeare adaptation complete with mock iambic pentameter, and then into a road movie filled with quirky colorful Americana covering up buried pain.

    what keeps all these disparate parts from bouncing off of each other is River Pheonix, giving one of those rare performances that's so good and so raw that it's physically painful to watch at times, with the…

  • Starship Troopers

    Starship Troopers


    it's hard to think of another adaptation that's as vocally critical of its source material. my main issue here is that it feels like an essay underlining in big red ink how most action movie tropes are more than a little bit fascist-y, grafted onto an otherwise unremarkable action movie. it could be argued that the straight-faced execution of the long CGI-heavy action sequences and bland turgid love triangle intrigue makes the critique of this kind of storytelling hit harder,…

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  • The Master

    The Master


    10 Word Review:

    Id, ego, and super-ego vie for dominance. Enigmatic and stupendously-acted.

  • The Seventh Annual 'On Cinema' Oscar Special

    The Seventh Annual 'On Cinema' Oscar Special


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

    *throws glass of water across room*

    Spent my Valentine's Day sick with a cold alone watching this, and tbh it's probably in my top half of Valentine's Days in my lifetime when it comes to quality.

    This might be my favorite Oscar Special yet, with the interpersonal drama and tension between Tim, Gregg, and the soon-to-be-robbed Toni being something I'm actually fucking invested in, which I never would have suspected earlier in the…