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  • Waiting for Guffman
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  • Run Hide Fight

    Run Hide Fight

    People often talk, online, about the first time they felt "seen" in films. A bit dejected to learn that I perfectly resemble the psychotic, closeted homosexual, under-bitten school shooter in this movie. (I don't share his politics FYI.)

  • The Sum of All Fears

    The Sum of All Fears

    Watched in light of the “situation,” in Crimea, and the ways in which America can’t stop doing the Cold War, basically out of boredom. I love how this movie cannot even conceive of a new enemy, to the extent that the Big Bad who blows up a nuke at a football game is…a secret Nazi. Make up a new guy-type! It’s literally fiction! Say what you will about 9/11, but it gave his some new guy-types (the sand digging caricatures…

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  • The Beatles: Get Back

    The Beatles: Get Back

    I don't know enough about film restoration to comment specifically on what was "done" to the original 16mm footage, but I will say this, broadly, about Jackson's m.o: I find it interesting that a filmmaker who, not so long ago, defined the State of the Art in terms of cutting-edge digital effects (CGI performances, those Hobet movies that were so hi-def they looked like Brazzers joints, etc.) now seems obsessed with rendering "old" material contemporary. (Compare this with another tech…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    Actual dialogue from this movie:

    “Hey Fern, still working at Amazon?”
    “Sure am! The money is great!”
    “Wow! And what about the culture?”
    “The corporate culture is full of positive values, from the CEO Jeff Bezos on down to workers like me on the line at the fulfilment centre!”
    “Are you involved with the unionization effort at all?”
    “Why pay almost $500 in dues? Amazon has me covered: with high wages, health care, vision, and dental benefits, as well as…