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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★

    Truly incredible action but they overthink how much time we really need to spend in those plot-heavy scenes.

  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    ★★★★½

    I yelled “Fuck yeah!” at least six times while watching. 
    Too much story in the back half, but those set pieces are incredible. How did they do the motorcycle scene?? They genuinely look real.  

    Thanks, Tom Cruise!

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  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    Of course this film requires two viewings, but I hadn't realized just how much deeper I would experience the film a second time. The first time through, "The Tree of Life" seemed merely like a beautiful surface of jumbled memories and moments, the long childhood sequence the most (perhaps only) substantial part. The second time through, I see how simple the film's ideas are, and how profoundly, almost magically they are conveyed to the audience. I will speak about God…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★½

    In the coming weeks it will be fascinating to read all the posts and articles about the exceptional stitching on the emperor's new clothes.

    I haven't read the novel, but I've read The Crying of Lot 49 and it feels like Anderson simply transcribed Pynchon's novel onto the screen. A laudable idea, except Anderson fails to translate the written word into cinematic language.

    The exposition is the biggest stumbling block with this tactic. The film is primarily exposition. As in,…