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  • Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee

    Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee

    ★★★½

    This is an interesting look at either a decent into madness or a calculated gonzo role being played for the masses at all to time to retain attention and notoriety. This guy is either a drug addict with so much money he won't be held accountable for anything, or an Andy Kaufman style character actor shifting from role to role every decade or so. Whichever it is, he's an example of wealth avoiding accountability, because role play or not he's…

  • Aguirre: The Wrath of God

    Aguirre: The Wrath of God

    ★★★★

    (Embarrassing delay to post review - whoops)

    I mentioned this film in other reviews, but neglected to post thoughts directly. For fear of missing something and regretting it later? Wanting to collect my thoughts before posting then kinda forgetting about it after a few weeks?

    This movie flipped back and forth for me. I know it is critically lauded as one of, if not THE BEST, Herzog film. I have an embarrassing hole in my views of his earlier stuff.…

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  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    ★★★★

    I have long contended that the setting in a Coen brothers movie is also a character. By this I mean that their settings are often one of the most distinguishing elements of their films, their settings help to drive the plot just as much as the people do, and their settings seem to have a life of their own.

    I'm often in awe of the authentic language they are able to give their characters based on the setting, balancing a…

  • Miller's Crossing

    Miller's Crossing

    ★★★★★

    Whenever Miller's Crossing begins, I get the same feeling I do when talking to an old friend or listening to a favorite song from my youth. Movies like GoodFellas can cause the "I can't turn it off" effect. This film also falls into that category. But GoodFellas excites and challenges, where Miller's Crossing comforts.

    The Coen Brothers have a layered use of language, and this is a prime example. Here the language works as a way of establishing setting, of…