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  • Waking Life

    Waking Life


    "It's like I'm being prepared for something."

    5 years before this movie came out, I almost died from a rare disease in a hospital where I experienced a lucid dream while under anesthesia. 12 hours after viewing this movie for the first time, my father passed away peacefully at Hospice. It was not shock or sadness that I felt, but something intangible and profoundly new. Something very different. It's nothing anyone can prepare for when you lose the person you've…

  • The Last Best Year

    The Last Best Year


    Something tells me that this cover art is incorrect.

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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…