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  • College

    College

    ★★★

    A nerdy guy who hates sports goes to college and decides to take up athletics to impress the woman he loves. It's been a while since I've watched a silent feature so I thought I'd watch one from Buster Keaton's oeuvre. This is probably one of the first of the nerds vs. jocks type of campus comedy. There are some really funny stuff in this one. The concept itself lends a lot to Buster Keaton's signature physical comedy even though…

  • Female Trouble

    Female Trouble

    ★★★★

    A high school girl runs away from home, drops out of school, gets knocked up by a stranger then begins her descent into a life of crime and depravity. This is director John Waters's follow-up to Pink Flamingos and although it's not quite as extreme as that film (I mean, there's no dog-poop eating here), it's still a pretty fucked up....and I kind of loved it. The film is unapologetic with its broad, cartoonish and horrendous characterizations but it feels…

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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…