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  • Spring Forward

    Spring Forward

    ★★★★

    Akin to Hong Sang-Soo or Eric Rohmer where characters basically just hang out and get to know each other more, this is one of those lovely showcases of characters actors that manage to win you over with their naturalism and ease. It's great that the script does them justice with dialogue that is thoughtful and smart even if the direction calls for simplicity. I could listen to conversations like this for longer than a couple of hours especially when delivered…

  • High Anxiety

    High Anxiety

    ★★★

    This might be a silly thing to do for my readers here but I put out a record with a similar name that you can listen to / download / stream. I wrote the album as a way of acknowledging my anxiety and recorded it these past six months as a way of dealing with the pandemic. First review of it was positive and linked here as well:

    gardenonatrampoline.bandcamp.com/album/hi-anxiety

    Also I uploaded my favorite scene from this movie ten years ago because it kind of sums up what it feels like having anxiety issues, thinking something terrible is going to happen but it likely won't:

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL0z7Up8PSc

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  • Take This Waltz

    Take This Waltz

    ★★★★★

    If someone were to point out my favorite thing(s) to read, even more than a great novel, it would be essays about something that affected them so deeply that they felt compelled to write about it. It can be short, or it can be 20 pages long. A great author of this approach would be Lester Bangs, who wrote beautifully indulgent music reviews in such an intensely personal way that were so resonant, that for the right reader, you might…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★★★

    Big turnaround here! It took me a 2nd viewing to finally declare this is as a masterpiece of subtle spikes of paranoia, exploring the mystery at the heart of a hard crime, be it personal or political or both. My initial review is that this film is a meandering mess, but it's not. There are detours that add up to the overall idea that I THINK both PTA and Pynchon share: narratives don't matter in this cluttered cultural landscape, it's…