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  • Chan Is Missing

    ★★★½

  • Algiers

    ★★★½

  • The Enforcer

    ★★½

  • Miracle Mile

    ★★★½

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  • Sometimes a Great Notion

    Sometimes a Great Notion

    ★★★★

    You know what’s an underrated film genre? Logging movies. Not Letterboxd logging, I mean movies about being a logger. Boy does Newman capture the awe and danger of the job/lifestyle, making you wonder how the actors and cameramen even got out of this film shoot alive. Toss in a delightfully sinister Henry Fonda, born-again Richard Jaeckel, level-headed fuck up Michael Sarrazin, and too manly to feel Newman himself — you got yourself a goddamn American film.

    Which is as flattering…

  • Greaser's Palace

    Greaser's Palace

    ★★★★

    Embarrassed how long I had been putting this one off in fear I wouldn’t like it — of course I’d like this, it’s an irreverent acid western riffing on Christianity but without any sort of deep religious or philosophical commentary. Unless you want to count a comparison of the spiritually orgasmic experience of being touched by the Lord to that of finally taking one giant shit after days of constipation. Is this your card? Is this your card? Is this…

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  • Chan Is Missing

    Chan Is Missing

    ★★★½

    Really charming character film that meditates on both perceived ‘otherness’ of Chinese Americans and the general struggles of immigration in America. Dialogue always feels kinda flat or overly expository but it’s interesting and meditative and the acting feels so down to earth it’s easy to gloss over it’s downsides. The black and white looks great too. 

    I liked the relatively low but still intriguing stakes here. Reminded me of the nice older woman who used to run my favorite Dim Sum…

  • Algiers

    Algiers

    ★★★½

    I got a real kick out of this even though it’s kind of a mess. Mostly I just loved Boyer bringing that caged animal energy in a big way — where I don’t entirely buy into this half-assed vision of the Casbah, Boyer always feels just charming and dangerous enough to be infamous. Some of the best parts of this are when it goes darker in general, there’s a surprising amount of violence in this otherwise weirdly love-triangle centric script.…

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  • Belladonna of Sadness

    Belladonna of Sadness

    Oh god, what a load of shit. The best I can say about this is that the illustration style is beautiful. Oh and if you ever wanted to see a clam go to town on a snail, or an alligator eat out a woman, this is the movie for you.

    This movie is for your penis, by your penis and about your penis. I'm having a very hard time seeing where anybody saw 'feminism' in this other than the weird…

  • The Way We Were

    The Way We Were

    ★★★★

    This isn't the story about people who drift apart because of politics, this is the story of a woman with convictions (whether you agree with them or not) and intelligence, and a wuss-ass (drop dead beautiful) white boy who has never had to care about or fight for anything in his life.

    They're initially attracted to each other because they each have something the other wishes they could possess. For Redford, Streisand represents the exciting world of fringe living, of…