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  • Porto

    Porto

    ★★★½

    [7]

    Excerpt from my DVD booklet essay:

    So how can we understand the fictional relationship at the heart of Porto? Who are Jake and Mati, exactly, and how are we to square the apparent inconsistencies within the three parts that comprise the film? It is clear that director Gabe Klinger and screenwriter Larry Gross have drawn inspiration from many of the great European love / sex / romance stories of the modern cinema, many of which have, not coincidentally, trained…

  • Downsizing

    Downsizing

    ★★½

    [5]

    My review for the Nashville Scene:

    Alexander Payne is a world-class writer-director, and in almost every film he’s made to date, he has focused on the quiet if quirky lives of the heartland folks he grew up around. The native Nebraskan can’t be accused of naively lionizing the American “middle,” even as he has consistently shown its denizens a great deal of genuine respect. His best to movie to date was 2013’s Nebraska, which followed a crotchety old coot…

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  • Creepy

    Creepy

    ★★★

    [6]

    I miss the old Kiyoshi. The can't-be-sold Kiyoshi. Back in the fold Kiyoshi. That was the bold Kiyoshi. Remember Cure Kiyoshi? That wasn't your Kiyoshi? 'Cause that was my Kiyoshi. Damn, that was fly, Kiyoshi! You came with Kairo, Kiyoshi. That shit was fire, Kiyoshi! Even Bright Future Kiyoshi, that ill repute Kiyoshi. I dug it all, Kiyoshi. So why'd you stall, Kiyoshi? And then that Journey to the Shore? You got some gall, Kiyoshi!

    I miss the real…

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game

    ★★

    [4]

    If you happen to follow my Twitter feed, you'll know that I've already gotten a bit hot and bothered about this film. In retrospect, it was probably a good deal of energy wasted, or at least misdirected. I tend to forget that useless dreck like The Imitation Game is pimped on every streetcorner around Oscar season by an industry that considers movies as product, not art. Most of the time, that product is slathered in Adam Sandler, and it…