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Favorite films

  • Shaolin Soccer
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Too Many Ways to Be No. 1
  • Detention

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  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

  • Uptown Saturday Night

  • Winchester '73

  • Living It Up

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  • Living It Up

    Living It Up

    After seeing Hollywood or Bust on 35mm last week at the Vista Theater's wonderful IB Tech Fest, I felt compelled to return in order to revisit Martin and Lewis during the earlier, happier era when they didn't actively want to kill one another, and I will say, the chemistry is far more present in this one. Jerry plays a man who erroneously believes he has contracted fatal radiation poisoning due to inadvertent exposure to a bomb testing site, which is…

  • River

    River

    ★★★★★

    Like many reviewers on here, I can’t believe the team behind the brilliant Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes followed their staggeringly intricate two-minute time loop sci fi romance with… another one. And it’s just as great. Dropping the (amazingly executed) single take style of the first film for a more expansive, wintery hotel setting is a nice visual upgrade and the whole film feels like it joins 2022’s Magic Spot in a new genre of cozy sci fi. I loved this movie and will watch it again, probably many times.

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  • Blood Beat

    Blood Beat

    ★★★★

    Every year on Christmas I try to find a Christmas horror movie that I haven't seen. This is surprisingly easy because there are many obscure ones, and also people keep making them. Anyway, this year I missed a local double feature screening of The Dorm That Dripped Blood and The Oracle due to actual holiday obligations, so instead I watched Blood Beat, which is one of those 1980s U.S.-filmed movies shot in English by a French director and French crew,…

  • Boston Johnny

    Boston Johnny

    ★★★★★

    Paradoxically Charles Roxburgh and Matt Farley’s most and least accessible film. One on hand, it might be their funniest comedy, with several terrifically written and perfectly delivered lines that are impossible to not appreciate. I have been doing a passable Boston Johnny impression fairly frequently since viewing the film. On the other hand, the film is a black and white video study of a character, Boston Johnny, who could fairly be described as excruciating, and that may not be for…