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  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★★

    "Words fail A Ghost Story; silence saves it." - Daniel Nava

    I am about 80% on board with everything that takes place in this movie. However, my main reservation comes courtesy of Will Oldham and you'll know the moment when you see it. If this were Harry Dean Stanton showing up to say the same dialogue in this movie, I would still roll my eyes. In LUCKY, that's a film that establishes itself as both contemplative and dialogue-driven courtesy of…

  • Cloak & Dagger

    Cloak & Dagger

    ★★★★½

    This movie epitomizes biased unabashed love stemming from childhood. But I can make the argument for it being a truly great movie that also meant more to me than any Spielberg movie did. If I could publish an essay on both this and THE LAST STARFIGHTER, I would do it immediately. Henry Thomas + Dabney Coleman = me and my dad around that age. Only my dad was in the Navy. Oh and also Richard Franklin clearly loves Hitchcock and it shows here beautifully. More to come on a future podcast, I'm sure.

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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…