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  • Meet the Hollowheads

    Meet the Hollowheads

    Couldn’t possibly rate what might be the weirdest movie I’ve ever seen. What if the minds behind Nothing But Trouble, The Forbidden Zone and Pee-Wee’s Playhouse all collaborated together? It might resemble this truly surreal oddity that made me feel more gross than entertained. Almost should be seen to be believed though.

  • Disturbing Behavior

    Disturbing Behavior

    ★★½

    Feel free to leave comments with examples of some of the terrible dialogue below. But I don't care that this is a mostly silly script (see also The Faculty). The cast is charming (Nick Stahl deserves a comeback) and it doesn't overstay its welcome. Obviously, it is essentially Strange Behavior meets The Stepford Teens and that's fine by me. Plus it has a quick homage to the Suspiria score, William Sadler praising Vonnegut and a nice use of one of my favorite 90s songs, "Flagpole Sitta." A lot of good things in a pretty bad movie.

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  • Take This Waltz

    Take This Waltz

    ★★★★★

    If someone were to point out my favorite thing(s) to read, even more than a great novel, it would be essays about something that affected them so deeply that they felt compelled to write about it. It can be short, or it can be 20 pages long. A great author of this approach would be Lester Bangs, who wrote beautifully indulgent music reviews in such an intensely personal way that were so resonant, that for the right reader, you might…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★★★

    Big turnaround here! It took me a 2nd viewing to finally declare this is as a masterpiece of subtle spikes of paranoia, exploring the mystery at the heart of a hard crime, be it personal or political or both. My initial review is that this film is a meandering mess, but it's not. Not really. There are detours that add up to the overall idea that I THINK both PTA and Pynchon share: narratives don't matter in this cluttered cultural…