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  • Death Proof

    Death Proof

    ★★★★½

    Much, much better than my dumbass twenty-year-old self snidely remarked it was. Roundhouse kicks to Stuntman Mike all day!

  • I, Tonya

    I, Tonya

    Tonya lived in my apartment complex for a time, just after the incident. The events of her story and being from Portland, OR are so intertwined with my time in elementary school this is a difficult picture to divorce personal narrative from.
    What I loved more than anything about the picture is how it dispels Portland's self-identified "hipster" moniker. Portland and the surrounding suburbs had all the ills of class disparagement, lack of diversity, and cliquish in-group/out-group of most places…

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  • The 39 Steps

    The 39 Steps

    ★★★★½

    Very enjoyable Hitchcock spy/suspense film. Has shades of the later North by Northwest (1958). Look forward to watching again. One of the better British sound films he made.

  • The Long Good Friday

    The Long Good Friday

    ★★★★★

    This film took multiple viewings, but am glad I persisted. The music, slow build up, erratic violence, and of course Bob Hoskins powerful performance make this an absolutely fabulous journey. It may not be a perfect picture, but every scene has something compelling, unique, and connected with progressing the picture.

    Violent and powerful filmmaking.