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  • The Beach Bum

    The Beach Bum

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The character played by Snoop Dog was named Lingerie. That should be enough.
    It's a dreamy, wandering tale that is only mildly interrupted by human tragedy. It is difficult to hate Moondog and impossible to like him. He blows it all and then blows it all again. Harmony is reminding us that we are little more than a collection of cells floating through space at incredible speed. In these extreme conditions, the human spirit looks to find balance.

  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★½

    I love this film. Had to get in a viewing before the summer completely disappeared.

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  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "It came here for a reason."
    I really liked the director's first film, so I was onboard with seeing this next attempt.

    As the movie got rolling, I wanted to hate it and fell asleep long before the midpoint. I put it back on the next morning and it felt better pushing through the setup a second time.

    The visuals were engaging but I couldn't stop thinking of Google's Deep Dream. The swirling psychedelia has run it's course already. Oh,…

  • Buffalo '66

    Buffalo '66

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "First thing, right off the bat, I'd like to apologize."

    Dysfunctional characters making mistakes is a fantastic way to ratchet up conflict.

    Billy Brown has completed his prison sentence and is not met by anyone as he leaves the fortified structure. He spends the rest of the film trying to reenter the system. One wrong decision after the next, it's in his blood.

    "Buffalo '66" draws you in and pushes you away. "Can you hold me a second? Don't touch me." The finale really stuck with me. It's rare that a film lets the audience experience the worst possible outcome and then mercifully corrects the situation.