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  • The Signal

    The Signal


    I can’t get past the ripoff Social Network soundtrack.

  • Raw


    My wife and I agreed we weren’t in the mood for the tension and dourness of Ozark to watch another episode. Let’s find a movie instead, change the vibe for the night. 

    Started flipping through Netflix menus. 
    “This movie Raw got a lot of praise” 

    That plan backfired.

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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…