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  • The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

    The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

    ★★★½

    There’s a real “evil genius” quality to the design of this race. And you wonder about the individuals who are drawn by the diabolical insanity of it all. As John Siracusa half-jokingly speculates, these geeky, dogged wacko runners probably have some serious issues, and therapy comes in many forms. Sometimes doing something crazy can be the cure for feeling crazy. And this race is goddamn crazy.

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★★½

    There are names, relationships, and plot points that I only just figured out during this, my fifth rewatch.

    There are entire conversations I still don’t understand at all.

    There is more than one shot that focuses almost exclusively on the grossness of Sportello’s gross feet.

    Still, I love every minute of this movie.

    And still, I worry that, once I do figure out what the heck is going on, I’ll hate it.*

    *That’s what the minus half-star is for: paranoia alert!

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  • Superman

    Superman

    ★★★★★

    Christopher Reeve, goddammit.

    Also, I actually appreciate the preposterous ending more as I get older. (Maybe as much as I enjoyed it when I was a kid.) It's not sci-fi, it's myth.

  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine

    X-Men Origins: Wolverine

    A movie featuring a team of mutant super-assassins hunting down Wolverine … And it sucks? Nice job, assfaces.