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  • Lost in America

    Lost in America

    Three takeaways from Lost in America:

    1. The moment it clicked that the nest egg had been gambled away at The Desert Inn, I thought to myself, wouldn't it be funny to have a story where someone tried to beg the casino for their money back. About a minute later I was yelling at the screen:: "Damn you Albert Brooks! I want my idea back!"

    2. Is it wrong to assume that this film literally inspired the brief trend of…

  • Invisible Life

    Invisible Life

    Very Wan Kar Wei vibes in this one. Beautifully shot and indulgently acted, and that font is just sublime

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  • Country Music

    Country Music

    Just over a decade ago, my roommate and I watched all 1,140 minutes of Ken Burns's documentary on Jazz music, utterly transfixed by the hypnotic simplicity and fathomless detail of his documentarian style. The same exact spell was put over me as I sat through the entire 960 mesmeric minutes of Country Music.

    Early on, in the first episode, Ketch Secor from Old Crow Medicine Show explains how the banjo came from Africa, the fiddle from the British Isles, and…

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Ten Takeaways from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?:

    1. This would make a perfect Double Feature with Cassavete's Faces.

    2. Very over-acted, but fitting for the time and the fact that it is a play adaptation. Speaking of the fact that this is a play adaptation, it easily stands toe-to-toe with A Streetcar Named Desire and Death of a Salesman as an American classic. Those would not be suitable Double Feature material though.

    3. Love some of the cut-shots, especially…

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  • The Prom

    The Prom

    On a serious note, it is quite shitty that James Corden was cast for this role. We need more authentic representation. But it is also kind of shitty that so many people are so easily willing to toss an entire movie (which is made by thousands of people and entails thousands upon thousands of decisions) under a proverbial bus because of one shitty decision by the small minority up top (the casting director / producers / studio / possibly director).…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    Fu#!. As a once broke touring musician, this film hit hard. Really hard.

    And the sound design is straight up impeccable.