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  • Lolita

    Lolita

    ★★★★

    You can tell why PTA loves this, on account of how dense, strange, and filled with brilliant off-beat performances it is (just like Inherent Vice.)  You never get to see movies where the villain is the main character, and that approach makes for such an interesting kind of narrative.  If I hadn't read the book I don't think this would really land with me the right way.  Obviously the movie can't stack up to Vlad's untranslatable book, but his screenplay here is verrry good. Peter Sellers is sublimé

  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    ★★★★

    Sorry, no april fool's joke here. It's good.
    Let's do the math.

    You get: Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson, Yoda (non-baby--yes he exists), Christopher Lee, joyously artificial and beautiful green-screen environments, plenty of fun aliens to look at, satisfying little-kid-logic action sequences, Kamino, the comedy/sincerity of Padmakin. You get a dozen lightsabers on screen in the battle of Geonosis! (If you're put in charge of Star Wars and you don't put a million jedi in one scene, then what was…

  • At Berkeley

    At Berkeley

    The most relaxing kind of movie you could hope for

  • High School

    High School

    ★★★★

    He really do be a Wise Man

  • Showgirls

    Showgirls

    a movie where all rules of decency are ignored and every crazy impulse is acted on. But at the same time it's not as out there as I expected

    These kinds of auteurist movies with the jagged ratings spreads are always entertaining

  • Sideways

    Sideways

    ★★★★

    Paul Giamatti's talent is literally the only constant in our world of chaos

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★

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

    It's good... but the second half didn't hit me right. I guess I was hoping there was actual haunting/possessing going on? Maybe it's my ADD but did we ever learn why Elster wanted to kill his wife? After Madeleine dies and we get that awesome dream sequence, I thought things were going to really open up and get crazy, but it actually gets scaled back. This reminds of The Prestige, when I saw that Christian Bale was actually also the…

  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    ★★★½

    Brian Da Palmtree definitely busted some moves here. Now, the plot... and whether I knew what was really going on sometimes... it's best to just not discuss that right now, especially with my quarantine brain being what it is. But I will move forward with more Palmas

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    😭Absolutely devastating. Cried for 80%+ of the runtime

    Going to borrow and paste this good tweet here for any straggling Parasite dissenters:

    "the movie Parasite was fine but its politics were a bit iffy. it would have been way better if at the end of the movie the parasite turned to the camera and said, 'i am communist now', and then specified he's the exact same kind of communist i am"

  • Rosemary's Baby

    Rosemary's Baby

    ★★★★

    .............so no baby for Thyme? nor parsley nor sage? i am DONE.

  • The Piano Teacher

    The Piano Teacher

    ★★★★★

    I'm physically and mentally shellshocked after this thing. I couldn't even listen to music in the car, my mind has just been reeling trying to unwrap the layers here.

    I really can't begin to get into all of what Haneke (Hane-King) is doing here, but overall the screenplay is just shockingly great. He sustains a final-20-minutes level of intensity for like 80 minutes straight. Also the fact that he included (name any of like 12 different appalling acts that occur…

  • Easy Rider

    Easy Rider

    ★★★★½

    😵 So good. What actors today could do what Fonda, Hopper, and Nicholson effortlessly do here? Brad Pitt in OUATIH is the closest thing we have. Blesséd theater experience that was capped off by walking outside into the Texas SNOW. 
    Love how it mostly took place in Texas and Louisiana, the two places I know best. That graveyard sequence is absolutely godly. All the scene transitions throughout the movie are perfect. Also I'm shocked to have never heard of any…