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  • Heart Beat

    Heart Beat

    ★★½

    [1980 Retrospective- entry 13 of 60- April 25, 1980]

    Heart Beat is a sort of strange, off kilter movie that has moments of beauty and strong performances, but is ultimately just too damn frustrating from a storytelling stand point.

    I checked it out because I was intrigued by the subject matter and the cast, particularly the recently deceased John Heard as Jack Kerouac here. So many films have tried to capture this era and group of writers and none of…

  • Serial

    Serial

    [1980 Retrospective- entry 12 of 60- March 28, 1980]

    Serial is sort of what Crazy, Stupid, Love would be like had it been made by stupid people.

    The plot is difficult to describe as this is sort of a hyperlink ensemble involving a bunch of different characters with a dysfunctional marriage at the center. Martin Mull and Tuesday Weld play the central couple. They are good actors, but they are not good here and the script doesn't give them anything…

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  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★½

    I'm not going to hold back on spoilers so be sure not to continue reading if you care about that.

    There are two choices in Manchester by the Sea that I think are indefensible. Number one is the way Lonergan has chosen to present the burning down of Lee Chandler's (Casey Affleck's) house. Apparently it's not enough to have a montage of kids dying, but you also have to put dissonant Kubrickian music under said montage otherwise I guess people…

  • Swiss Army Man

    Swiss Army Man

    ½

    I'm not ashamed to say I didn't pay for this. No one should have to pay for work that is this uninspired, obnoxious or worthless. If you, like I did, feel compelled to see this movie because of the "people" on your Twitter/Facebook feed who keep recommending it to you then I would suggest that you not pay for it either. There are many ways/opportunities to see movies like this for free if you seek them out. 

    I'm not going…