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  • Joni Mitchell - Refuge of the Roads

    Joni Mitchell - Refuge of the Roads

    ★★★

    I’m on Joni’s 80s albums now and though most of the songs are still great, I hate her band from this era, who all join her for this particular sound stage studio performance. The guitarist in particular plays in that very dated squealy Eddie Van Halen style and it’s just the worst. 

    But a few of the songs come across well in her 80s aesthetic - Sweet Bird, God Must Be A Boogie Man, For Free, Chinese Cafe - and…

  • The Way of the Gun

    The Way of the Gun

    ★★½

    File this under movies I liked more back when I was an idiot ☹️

    It’d be a much better movie without the first ten minutes - a completely unnecessary tirade of “Not All Men” incel whining & slurring a la “if everybody wants equal rights then why can’t I punch girls and gays??” 

    Get fucked, McQuarrie. You deserve to be stuck directing bad Tom Cruise movies like you have been all this decade. 

    But let me at least point out the…

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  • Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

    Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

    ★★★★½

    Let me start with pasting part of a tribute I wrote on IG tonight: 18 years ago, I was working at my first job - at an AMC theatre in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - when Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back came to town. I’d already been a big Kevin Smith fan for a few years by then, ever since a very awkward viewing of Chasing Amy with my mom and step dad (yikes). This man and his films (and his partner in…

  • Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

    ★★

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

    (Trigger warning for mentions of assault.)

    I know Quentin Tarantino is a stubborn, puff-chested dude who would probably rebuke the notion that his first film after Harvey Weinstein’s takedown needed to be, in some way, a statement on those events, given the director’s place as one of the main beneficiaries of the Weinstein empire era. He may insist it’s just a sepia character study of an aging actor and his aging pal. But that doesn’t stop me from considering the…