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  • In the Mood for Love
  • My Winnipeg
  • Messiah of Evil
  • Sunset Boulevard

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  • Extreme Prejudice

    ★★★½

  • Continental Divide

    ★★★

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    ★★★★★

  • Modern Problems

    ½

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  • Extreme Prejudice

    Extreme Prejudice

    Nick Nolte, Rip Torn, Powers Boothe. Michael Ironside, Clancy Brown, William Forsythe. Tiny Lister, Louis Contreras.

    Are you kidding me? There's enough corrosive machismo here to burn a hole through West Texas shale.

    There's also enough gushing blood squibs to flood a scorched desert basin. The plot concerns men shooting each other; Nolte's Texas rangers, Boothe's drug dealers and Ironside's ex Special Forces squad collide in a violent battle royal sprung from an adolescent's shoot 'em up wet dream. The…

  • Continental Divide

    Continental Divide

    A chemistry gap runs down the center of Continental Divide.

    The film's set-up is an extended meet cute- a cigarette huffing Mike Royko type journalist hikes the Rockies to interview an eagle researcher while skirting the corrupt Chicago alderman he's exposed in his column. He's a hard nose city guy, she's an idealistic loner, he's out of shape and scared of forest critters, she's self sufficient and in touch with nature, what could they possibly have in common, etc.

    John…

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  • Jasper Mall

    Jasper Mall

    I'm a lover of modern ruins. I've watched endless videos on the ghostly wreckage of Detroit and collect books on abandoned Soviet Brutalist architecture. There's a bittersweet quality to massive structures, recently or semi-recently vibrant, that sit neglected and forgotten; they shift my brain to a strangely addicting, haunted liminal space.

    I love dead malls most of all. I will lurk any weird, empty, half-dark mall I come across.

    However, a dead mall isn't merely an avenue for oneiric bullshit…

  • Smooth Talk

    Smooth Talk

    “I look right in your eyes and all I see are a bunch of trashy daydreams”.

    Smooth Talk has great mall scenes.

    Stores like Tinder Box and Things Remembered, packs of soda-guzzling teens roaming the thoroughfares or perching like leering crows over mezzanine guardrails, incidental passing phrases like “nice buns” or “pop his bone”, the neon Penney’s logo hovering over a dark parking lot; the malls of my youth were exactly like this, and for extended moments I travelled back…