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  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    ★★½

    Well, this hasn’t aged well for me. Once the favorite of a budding young cinephile, this now seems frustratingly stale and one note. There’s few jokes that aren’t pummeled into the ground. For all of the talk about Kubrick’s unparalleled vision, there’s a good chunk of material here that feels like political op-ed cartoons. Look, the soldiers are shooting at a sign that says peace, get it? The iconic war room line is the sort of thing that would kill…

  • Adventureland

    Adventureland

    ★★★★

    It must be said that the Chinatown bus from Pittsburgh to New York is not nearly as spacious as it is depicted in this film.

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  • Taipei Story

    Taipei Story

    ★★★★

    "It cannot be said that Taipei is a modern and Western-style city, in the same way that one could affirm this of Shanghai, for example. Rather it is an example of some generally late-capitalist urbanization (which one hesitates, except to make the point, to call postmodern), of a now classic proliferation of the urban fabric that one finds everywhere in the First and Third Worlds alike." - Frederick Jameson, The Geopolitical Aesthetic

    "How was Los Angeles?"
    "It's just like Taipei."…

  • Kicking and Screaming

    Kicking and Screaming

    ★★★★

    This is pretty much my life right now. No, not hooking up with Parker Posey, but the post-graduating living with your parents, jerking off every day, being unemployed, and getting drunk as much as possible hits so close to home. Also, it's really funny. I'm not sure how I'm going to go back to Rohmer for my talky sad comedies when Chris Eigeman isn't there.

    More on this later. For now, I'm just sad as hell about my pathetic life. In a good way.