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  • My Cousin Vinny

    My Cousin Vinny

    ★★★★½

    Been a while. Listening to Marisa Tomei curse is like watching Leonard Bernstein conduct.

  • Dead Souls

    Dead Souls

    This is purely for my records, but: I watched this film on 12/8, 12/10, and 12/11. The lion's share of the film was watched on 12/8 (the first half: about four hours). This stuff is only of interest to me, but on s'amuse, I guess.

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  • The Void

    The Void

    ★★

    As if Lucio Fulci had made The Thing. No, wait: as if Lucio Fulci's biggest fan had made The Thing. No, no, as if Lucio Fulci's biggest fan cross-bred The Thing with Night of the Living Dead. No wait it's Hellraiser and Lovecraft and oh god there's just so many unsynthesized influences here good god no waiiiiiit... More soon at RogerEbert.com.

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★½

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

    Wow. This is to the Coen brothers what Pasolini's Trilogy of Life--especially his The Canterbury Tales--is to his filmography. I think that might be a conscious association, too, based on the way that the Coens use a storybook-style narrative structure to make their points, just like Pasolini did in The Canterbury Tales. I'm also reminded of the way Pasolini concluded his film with a Chaucer quote, the one where Chaucer observes that (paraphrasing) sometimes a story needs telling simply for…