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  • The Comfort of Strangers

    The Comfort of Strangers


    As an audiovisual experience, this is beyond reproach; beautiful people in beautiful Armani clothes bathed in beautiful Dante Spinotti light while they walk around beautiful Venice. On every other level, I don't fucking know. I'm shocked Schrader could deliver something this vacuous, it seems like a slow-burn until the end comes and you realize that it was never burning at all. It feigns at mysteriousness, or at eroticism, or at being about poisonous nostalgia or fascism or whatever, but it's ultimately a dull exercise at nothing in particular.

  • Slums of Beverly Hills

    Slums of Beverly Hills


    A slightly more incident-heavy cousin to the Amarcord knock-offs of the world, so of course I loved this. What most sets it apart from that crowd is that it's not structured as a reminiscence, its perspective is strictly adolescent in how it observes incidents both awkward and actively unforgivable and brushes them off with a laugh. In that way, the movie lives or dies on Natasha Lyonne's ability to play a stew of sarcasm, hormones, and naivety, and she does…

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  • Mattress Man Commercial

    Mattress Man Commercial


    For me, all of PSH's skills are conveyed in this. It's 53 seconds long, an almost precise recreation of a local mattress store commercial, and it only appeared on the 2-disc special edition of Punch-Drunk Love. In it, PSH plays his character in PDL, Dean Trumbell, the owner of a mattress store who also doubles as the leader of a phone sex ring. In this clip, he's recording a commercial on the top of the store's roof, wearing a too-small…

  • The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

    The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst


    Man, if this miniseries accomplished anything, it should be getting Ryan Gosling that Oscar. I didn't even know it was him the whole time!