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  • Raising Arizona
  • It Felt Like a Kiss
  • Starcrash
  • The Whole Shootin' Match

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  • Sherman's March

    ★★★★★

  • Jagged Edge

  • Blind Detective

    ★★★★½

  • Dancing Outlaw

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  • Sherman's March

    Sherman's March

    ★★★★★

    Single Lens Reflects

    The godfather of the John Wilson/Nathan Fielder observant/autobiographical/autocritique documentary style. Perhaps more than anything it captures aspects of the South that screenwriters from New York and L.A. often miss (like just how much weirder our weirdos are).

  • Jagged Edge

    Jagged Edge

    Case Close'd

    With all due respect, the director of Return of the Jedi is attempting to make a respectable adult neo-noir here with an especially silly Joe Eszterhas screenplay. It took the "sick and twisted mind" (- /film) of Paul Verhoeven to really translate Eszterhas to the screen, highlighting and underlining the most lurid and tacky aspects, converting to BOLD ALL CAPS the sex and violence that don't want to be backgrounded or made palatable to Academy voters and their ilk. I guess this is just me recommending people watch BASIC INSTINCT instead of this.

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  • Masculin Féminin

    Masculin Féminin

    ★★★★

    Jean-Pierre Leaud failing to look cool while flipping a cigarette up into his mouth, failing to find the right way to express his feelings, failing to engage in philosophy or poetry beyond laundromat soliloquies and record-your-own-record booths, failing to engage with politics beyond graffiti slogans and condescending interviews conducted with young women, failing to impress the projectionist with his knowledge of aspect ratios, and failing to impress anyone with his whistling.

  • A Serious Man

    A Serious Man

    ★★★★★

    Fiddling with the aerial doesn't always make the signal more clear. The cat is both dead and not dead (Clive understands the dead cat, but not the math). The man in the prologue is or isn't a dybbuk. The bookends suggest an unbroken cycle that may or may not relate to what characters have and haven't done. "Accept the mystery."

    Rabbi Nachtner: "We can't know everything."
    Larry Gopnik: "It sounds like you don't know anything! Why even tell me this…