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  • The Last Picture Show

    The Last Picture Show

    ★★★★★

    "Someone can’t sneeze in this town without someone offering a handkerchief."

    It was a gift seeing it on the big screen in 35MM today. One of the all-time great films that always brings me to tears, particularly during a lakeside monologue. This film resonates even more strongly with me, on account of the local theater in the dull town where I grew up, was torn down. Strangely enough, that was the first place I saw The Last Picture Show back…

  • XTC: This is Pop

    XTC: This is Pop

    ★★★★

    A fairly straightforward, aimless documentary about one of the all-time great pop rock bands that had a huge impact when I bought a used cassette - MTV’s 120 Minutes compilation - and heard “Dear God” among many other bands that I had never heard before like Public Image Limited or They Might Be Giants. I loved this band before seeing this documentary and I love them even more so now after seeing this since I knew little about Partridge. It’s…

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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…