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Favorite films

  • Eraserhead
  • The Blob
  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  • Blow Out

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  • Dark Waters

    ★★★★

  • The Big Lebowski

    ★★★★½

  • Before Sunset

    ★★★★½

  • Saving Private Ryan

    ★★★½

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  • Belly

    Belly

    ★★★½

    Ain't no justice, it's just us
    Ashes to ashes, dust to dust

  • Lonesome Dove

    Lonesome Dove

    ★★

    I know it's corny to say the book is better than the movie but... I think it's relevant when almost no story changes were made for its new medium, and the difference in quality between the two is this big. The chief problem with doing a simple conversion of book-to-screenplay here (which isn't always bad!) is that the book takes its time to a degree that even at four 90 minute episodes, it feels rushed.

    This story is about a…

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  • Midori: The Camellia Girl

    Midori: The Camellia Girl

    ½

    Live-action adaptations of anime / manga are notorious for being cheaply made cosplay parties that try too hard to mimic the source material beat-for-beat. I'm familiar with this reputation, and still gave this bastardization of the cult classic Midori a shot for whatever reason (maybe surprise? like obviously the Attack on Titan movies were made because $$$ but who is the target audience here?)

    It plays out just as the stereotype suggests, unfortunately. The creepily on-the-nose set and costume design just doesn't translate irl -- it looks like a softcore parody (and yes, those scenes from the manga are here, too, making that comparison very apt).

  • Metal: A Headbanger's Journey

    Metal: A Headbanger's Journey

    No wonder that I watched this half a dozen times in high school! Its main purpose seems to be reaffirming how awesome people who like metal are. And that's not necessarily a criticism, as metal is still a genre I love, and it feels good to share that love with fellow enthusiasts for 90 minutes.

    This time around blond bowl-cut guy had my favorite perspective, especially his observation that the band KISS has a subtle narrative in their songs implying…