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  • Written on the Wind
  • The Piano Teacher
  • Shoot the Piano Player
  • Audition

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  • The Whole Nine Yards

    ★★★½

  • Day for Night

    ★★★★

  • Classic Albums: The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

    ★★★½

  • Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times

    ★★★½

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  • Love & Mercy

    Love & Mercy

    ★★★★½

    I’ve been going through a major Beach Boys kick after checking out the incredible podcast, Sail On, which covers the history of The Beach Boys chronologically, in a very thorough way. 

    Love & Mercy does have a lot in common with some of the worst music biopics out there. It covers the more controversial and dramatic periods of Brian Wilson’s life and has its own fair share of cheesy, expository dialogue, mixed with minor reimaginings of the boy’s timeline.

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  • Eraserhead

    Eraserhead

    ★★★★★

    I had the pleasure of seeing this on 35mm at the Vista last night, courtesy of Craig Hammill and his exceptional Secret Movie Club. David Lynch created this masterpiece over the course of seven years, with the average amount of five people on crew. AFI funded this project, throughout and beyond Lynch’s tenure at the school. This is undoubtedly the greatest student film ever made.

    The amount of time, love and care each person involved put into this project shines…

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  • Echo in the Canyon

    Echo in the Canyon

    Jakob Dylan tricks you into watching a super self-indulgent documentary about him liking music. There’s about 30 minutes of interviews that relate to how this doc has been advertised and the rest is Jakob covering songs of the time in an incredibly bland fashion. It’s worth it for the interviews though, there are some great gems of anecdotes in there. I’d just fast forward through all the Jakob Dylan.

    You’re playing it in the wrong key.” - Brian Wilson to Jakob Dylan

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★★

    I’m not sure if I’ll be able to come up with the words to describe my experience of watching Mandy on the big screen. I walked out of the theater in total silence, mind blown; annoying Alyssa, because I typically have a million things to say. I sat and stared at the screen, mouth wide open, my hands anxiously holding onto Alyssa’s. I was transported into another world, even with that person behind me who only came to scoff at…