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  • Transit 

    Transit 

    ★★★★½

    This manages to be a film that is direct, simple and confidently tells a story that is fairly easy to comprehend once all the pieces come into play. You’ll initially feel a bit perplexed because we’re put into the mindset of someone in a perplexing situation. Once you acclimate, what transpires feels like an old-fashioned drama in which the suspense derives from character interaction and decision-making that may or may not be selfish. In a way it reminded me of…

  • Anguish

    Anguish

    ★★★★

    There have been a couple of horror films that just work on me despite pacing problems, originality (possession and grief), and perhaps an all-too-tidy resolution. THE CRESCENT comes to mind but every once in a while, a movie just works on me in ways that are hard to elaborate on. ANGUISH is one of them. It is mostly atmosphere but encased in this sublime, centered sense of control + style. The detached lead, her plucking away at an acoustic guitar...…

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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…