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  • Duck, You Sucker

    Duck, You Sucker

    ★★★★½

    A Mexican bandit and an Irish explosives expert somehow team up and get roped into joining the Mexican revolutionaries. This is one of the last few Sergio Leone films I haven't seen until now. This starts off as a kind of a seriocomic Western then becomes sort of an odd couple type buddy Western then it becomes this epic...almost war film in the end. And it was all directed masterfully by Leone. No, it's not as good as his Dollars…

  • Ponyo

    Ponyo

    ★★★★

    This is a sort of a loose adaptation of [i]The Little Mermaid[/i] where a little boy befriends a little fish who eventually wants to be a little girl so she can be with her friend always. Yes, it's official: Hayao Miyazaki is totally incapable of making a bad movie or even a mediocre movie. This is his "weakest" film in that I think it's a bit more slight and a bit more of a fluff compared to his other masterpieces.…

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  • Crumb

    Crumb

    ★★★★½

    An endlessly fascinating documentary on controversial cartoonist/comic book artist/satirist Robert Crumb. We get a peek into his life, his work and his family (among his brothers, as it turns out, HE'S the normal one.) You need not be a fan or even be familiar with his work to be fascinated by this remarkable documentary. It gets kind of personal, uncomfortable, shocking and sometimes really funny. Terry Zwigoff creates a fascinating document of a truly remarkable and unique artist. It must be seen by anyone even remotely interested in art.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Whoah. This is an intense, exhilarating (just like the blurb in the posters say) film. An ambitious young jazz drummer gets tormented both physically, psychologically and emotionally by a brutal teacher who pushes him beyond his limits in order to realize his full potential and achieve greatness. What follows is not an emotional, feel-good inspiring tale (well, not-so-much) but a brutally honest examination of what it means to achieve one's ambitions. The buzz around JK Simmons' performance is well-earned, IMO…