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  • Emma Mae

    Emma Mae

    ★★★★★

    "special thanks to the beautiful and considerate people of compton, where much of this film was shot."

    i knew there was a masterpiece among fanaka's filmography (which, in two days, i have now seen half of), and this is it. blows me away to think that this was a STUDENT FILM; it's not blaxploitation at all, as marketers might have you believe. yes, there are crime and drugs and funk music, but there's so much more here than just that.…

  • Penitentiary

    Penitentiary

    ★★★★

    take every DVD of THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION out of its case, bury then in a pit in the new mexico desert, and then take all the empty DVD cases and fill them with copies of this

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  • Miami Vice

    Miami Vice

    ★★★★★

    it thunders a lot in this movie but it never rains

  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    ★★★★½

    strangely, the only key with which i've been able to unlock any part of this movie is lynch's bizarre 2006 interview with alex jones after the austin premiere of INLAND EMPIRE. jones, in-between badgering lynch for his views on 9/11 truther conspiracies, pressures him to explain and make plain INLAND EMPIRE, the most baffling film in a baffling body of work. time and again lynch refers jones to the subtitle of INLAND EMPIRE: "a woman in trouble." so i've decided…