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  • Shakedown

    Shakedown

    ★★★★

    Man, there’s a moment of Sam Elliott dangling from a plane that couldn’t be more silly and out of place in an otherwise pretty enjoyable and well-paced genre mashup. There’s courtroom drama, corrupt cop procedural, and ultimately, a revenge film. It ends up being a bit silly by how things play out, but there is such charm from the leads throughout.

    The movie marquees were a highlight. Seeing FATAL BEAUTY & THE HIDDEN, kinda shows that this is more playful than…

  • Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

    Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

    ★★★½

    Here's my review of this delightful documentary:
    www.voicesvisions.net/reviews/bombshell

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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…