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  • Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

    Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

    Alex Gibney is a little on the nose with his direction, but this film presents the “illusion becomes reality” world of corporate America exceedingly well. The subject matter is strong enough to carry this even if it was totally slapped together. I got my first vaccine dose tonight and I was looking for something to stoke my internal flames of corporate distrust. This is also a Houston story- the first time I visited downtown I insisted that we had to walk to 1400 Smith Street in the rain to see where it all went down. Bethany McLean is a cutie.

  • The Last Detail

    The Last Detail

    ★★★★★

    I love the old school Navy vibe, I love that they don’t have a car and travel by train and bus, I love the dingy 70’s freedom. This is what the East Coast should always be like. It’s just bros being bros and mostly shooting the shit for 1 hour 44 minutes, with a sad undercurrent. I want to live this life. There’s been some reflexive Hal Ashby hate on the timeline recently, and while Shampoo is pretty dismal and Harold & Maude is now a bit too twee-cliche, this film is still a gem. Hanging out with these sailors is always a great time.

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  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ½

    I dropped $6 for the so bad it’s good experience, but Hollywood can't even give me that. This is so bad it's just bad. It dances around the emotional meat of the plot and never actually goes anywhere clever. The director has so little artistic credibility that she has to borrow Night of the Hunter’s with a completely random reference. With the Oscar nominations, they're trying to present this as an important cultural touchstone but really it's just a flagship…

  • Ghost World

    Ghost World

    ★★★★★

    Overall, this is a pretty damn sad movie but you don't realize it because of all the great individual scenes. I laughed out loud a number of times, which is rare when I watch movies. The perspective and ideas needed to make this kind of movie simply don't exist anymore in modern day directors. Scary to see how much can dissolve culturally in 19 years. This was my first viewing but I think this is one that may change and reveal more every time you rewatch or watch with other people.