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  • 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)))

  • Last Flag Flying

    Last Flag Flying

    From my coverage of the 55th New York Film Festival: NYFF 2017, Week 1

    Richard Linklater's spiritual sequel to Hal Ashby's great navy-men-gone-wild dramedy The Last Detail (1973) is an affable mediocrity that plays like a karaoke cover version of the earlier film. As with Ashby's movie, the story of Last Flag Flying is taken from a novel by Daryl Ponicsan (he shares co-screenwriting credit here with Linklater, where Robert Towne adapted the earlier book-to-film), though the character names have…

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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…