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  • The Post

    The Post

    [As published, in slightly different form, on The Completist]

    Clicked more on a second viewing, especially when I got to the shot in which the WaPo justice league looks at the freshly unboxed Pentagon Papers as if gazing at the Ark of the Covenant. There's no light emanating from within; the glow (of truth—"theoretically," paraphrasing one of reporter Ben Bagdikian's (Bob Odenkirk) asides) has to be projected onto the contents. Destruction, or "catastrophe," as WaPo lawyer Fritz Beebe (Tracy Letts)…

  • mother!

    mother!

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

    gawd!*

    *(tho I kinda dig when Kristen Wiig becomes an ISIS executioner)**

    **((and I only watched this a second time because the better half hadn't seen it yet))***

    ***(((the things we do for love)))

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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

    (Also published on The Completist.)

    Tarkin Dead with Chris Hardwick

    It's interesting to discover your moral thresholds. In an oft-referenced review of Gillo Pontecorvo's Kapò (1960), Jacques Rivette takes issue with a tracking shot that glides over the freshly deceased body of a character played by Emmanuelle Riva. Writes Rivette: "The man who decides, at that moment, to have a dolly in to tilt up at the body, while taking care to precisely note the hand raised in the angle…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    ★★★★★

    A sober man's study of an intoxicated one. Makes me want to prop Michael Bay in front of it, Clockwork Orange-style, and shout "This is how you do satire!" at deafening decibels. Truthfully, the peanut-brain would probably get off on it…which is how you do satire. Let the morons expose themselves, even as the viewers who fancy they're above it all (myself definitely included) quietly acknowledge the pleasure inherent—per George Carlin—in having gotten a ticket to the freak show. ("One…