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  • The Bad News Bears
  • Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
  • The Sugarland Express
  • The Last Waltz

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  • Diner

    ★★★★

  • M*A*S*H

    ★★★★

  • Revisiting 'The Last Waltz'

  • The Last Waltz

    ★★★★★

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  • Diner

    Diner

    ★★★★

    So, so close to being a masterpiece. I think you could almost get it there by taking out some of the too-neat resolutions of the last 15 minutes -- especially the weird Mickey Rourke on horseback scene from a different movie -- & sneaking some ambiguity back in.

    Ultimately this is a small complaint. It's an absolute gem of an ensemble movie, with an impossibly gifted, impossibly young cast of future 1980s mainstays. Two performances stand out in particular for me:…

  • M*A*S*H

    M*A*S*H

    ★★★★

    Perhaps the most non-2022 Hollywood movie of the last 70+ years. No plot, no emotional catharsis, no clear protagonist. And all wrapped together in a gleeful celebration of self-impressed white dudes making everyone else's life a living hell. Of course, I dug it.

    I've read Altman & others claim heady themes at work here. Cruelty begetting cruelty, etc. My suspicion is this is more or less bullshit. I think Altman had a bunch of his own war experiences & frustrations w/ a…

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

    Gary Valentine is 15 yrs old but wants to be an adult; it's how he dresses, talks, & conducts business. His own father is nowhere to be seen. Alana Kane is 25 (28?) yrs old but doesn't know how to be an adult. Her father treats her like she's 15.

    Midpoint of the picture, Gary walks into his usual restaurant to see Alana having drinks w/ Sean Penn's Jack Holden, a hard-drinking, chainsmoking William Holden stand-in. Holden is everything that Gary…

  • National Anthem

    National Anthem

    Another color grading review viewing in NYC w/ Nigel Bluck & Alex Bickel.

    A couple more adjustments remain for a few moments but it feels like a single visual organism now.

    The visual goal: a restored print of a great B movie that feels like a hidden gem from the 1970s that you just found randomly playing at 2 am on cable, or at some drive-in movie theater. It just happens to have been made in 2022.

    A few shots are…