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  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★½

    i’m not from los angeles, but even i know the reputation of silver lake, a neighborhood filled with annoying hipsters and pseudo creatives. we’re first introduced to one of these annoying hipsters slash pseudo creatives, although he probably wouldn’t appreciate the comment, at a coffee shop, waiting in line for his iced coffee. while waiting, he stares intently at a blonde woman having a conversation with a fellow worker. this is a common occurrence.

    sam, the he in question, who…

  • Kajillionaire

    Kajillionaire

    ★★★★

    how are you?
    fine.

    how are you?.
    fine.

    ah, the oh so familiar air of small talk. the kind of question you and i ask people we don’t really know because that’s just the right thing to do. and we’re not really looking for a concrete answer either because that’s just the nice thing to do. a formality then? yes.

    kajillionaire follows a family of con artists who must come up with $1,500 to pay their rent. the problem is,…

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  • On the Rocks

    On the Rocks

    ★★★

    i’m enchanted by these two lines that bill murray delivers to rashida jones. he says, “i remember the first moment i recognized you as a person. i saw who you were.” there is nothing inherently special about what he says, but these lines mark a change of pace from the usual hustle and bustle of new york city, a pace that makes jones’ laura feel guilty for not managing well. she’s the one who takes the kids to school and…

  • Fargo

    Fargo

    ★★★★

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

    with fargo’s inception, what jumps out immediately is the ‘minnesota nice’ stereotype that permeates the entire midwest setting. sure, this stereotype is ramped up to serve the purposes of the film, but i can’t deny that the strangeness of the overtly polite, passive-aggressive, and placid people drew me in. fargo simply delivers on that incessant need that you and i have to figure out what’s boiling underneath the surface.

    after letting fargo sit for a couple of hours, i have…