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  • Roadie

    Roadie

    ★★½

    More than once, while watching an Alan Rudolph's movie, I happened to considered music in some form or genre somehow might have been of inspiration. With Roadie it might be coming from Robert Altman's A Perfect Couple, released just a year earlier, of which in my Letterbox'd review I wrote, being a character a pop-rock singer, an outrageous total amount of film time was spent showing her band playing during their tour. In Roadie a considerable amount of film time…

  • Rancho Deluxe

    Rancho Deluxe

    ★★★

    Crazy Mountains

    Back in the 1990s, there were times when I could pick one weird & obscure flick as this one per night, on free local broadcasting. This Frank Perry western comedy's story is so broken up that it could be just inspired by the lyrics of the titular Jimmy Buffett country ballad that could be heard as the opening credits roll, rather than them based on and introducing it. Under more or less leaden, ever so stunning Arizona skies, in…

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  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★★★

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

    Groovy (gnarly) days

    Since the 2009 book by Pynchon is also a tribute to The Long Goodbye , I guess PTA could not believe his eyes seeing the chance, to metaphorically bow once more, through a film based on such a tribute, to his idol Robert Altman. In my view, it's like PTA satisfies an urge to leapfrog backwards over Boogie Nights times, with his last film's components (let's call like that for example Joanna Newsom's voice-over, Katherine Waterston's bare

  • Leviathan

    Leviathan

    ★★★★½

    A film that begins as a story of a kind that's already been presented at the cinema, about a land expropriation case. But in the course of the film, something else gradually starts to show up about the characters (those who are enduring the expropriation): in particular, some events happen, but, deliberately, the director refrains from revealing them completely. A film with a substantial screenplay (which, as an added value, makes it a supremely accessible film, by far the most…