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I play music and write words, sometimes about movies. I'm on the 'Net.

Favorite films

  • Stalker
  • The Turin Horse
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Dead or Alive

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  • The King's Man

    ★★

  • The Raid

    ★★★★½

  • Rangasthalam

    ★★★½

  • The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★

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  • American Hustle

    American Hustle

    Overlong, overstuffed, and oversprayed. Not that it was bad -- the story was compelling, the performances adequate -- but it never felt like anything was at stake.

    It was like light Scorsese; Goodfellas or Casino without the pathos but with the period clothes.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    ★★★½

    Literally just finished watching out, so my thoughts are still coalescing, but:

    1. Scorsese's use of pop-music cues is officially out of control. He needs an intervention.

    2. Related to #1 above, his reliance on voiceover, direct address, and now telepathy (hearing what his characters are thinking) is another crutch he uses whenever the mood seems to strike him. There's no obvious rhyme or reason to how it's employed, it's just whatever.

    3. I don't need any movie to have…