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  • The Heartbreak Kid

    The Heartbreak Kid

    ★★★★½

    RIP Charles Grodin

    Elaine May is a master. That whole "cards on the table" scene is just undying brilliance, with Eddie Albert's "You stay the hell out of Minnesota, you goddamn newlywed!" the icing on the cake.

    God, I love Lila: "I'm an egg salad nut."

    And yes, that ending...

  • Punk the Capital: Building a Sound Movement

    Punk the Capital: Building a Sound Movement

    ★★★★½

    Second watch, this viewing in the theater (the Alamo Drafthouse Winchester, my JOINT), with director Q&A.

    Even better this time; all the footage of course, but also so many connections, so much to absorb.

    It's a a very personal thing for me. The roots and solidification of a scene that impacted my life to a profound degree. So please understand that objectivity is difficult, but I do think Schneider and Bishow made an excellent film.

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  • It's Not Just You, Murray!

    It's Not Just You, Murray!

    ★★★½

    A highly accomplished student film by Scorsese that establishes one of the director’s major themes while giving a nice glimpse into the influences that shaped him.

    Specifically, the theme is the Criminal Life, and the influences range from the French New Wave (particularly Truffaut; I was reminded of both Shoot the Piano Player and Jules and Jim), classical American cinema (the movie both spoofs and pays hommage to the gangster film, and there’s also a musical number looking forward to…

  • Wedding in White

    Wedding in White

    ★★★½

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

    Most depressing wedding ever.

    Read two reviews after watching this, one for the NY Times by Vincent Canby that's misogyny turned me off terribly, the other by Roger Ebert. I liked Ebert's a lot better, mainly because he actually described what happened to Jeannie as rape, something that Canby either didn't identify as such or couldn't bring himself to utter (he uses the word seduction...eee fucking gads). But something Ebert and Canby share is a view of Jeannie as dumb;…