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“Even to this day, I watch The Wizard of Oz like I did when I was five years old. I get really involved in it.” — Lynne Ramsay

“When I go to the cinema, I want to have a cinematic experience. Some people ignore the sound and you end up seeing something you might see on television and it doesn’t explore the form. Sound is the other picture. … Continue reading

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January 2020 Viewing Diary

Hell Is for Heroes (1962; d. Don Siegel) A spare lean and mean war movie – pretty standard, actually – except Steve McQueen is actually presenting a character study here, a character he probably knows something about. He is eerie … Continue reading

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February 2019 Viewing Diary

St. Agatha (2019; d. Darren Lynn Bousman) I reviewed this nunsploitation horror film which I resisted at first for some reason, but then I got into the spirit of it. It’s fun. It’s what it needs to be. It also … Continue reading

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Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2018

Thanks, everyone, who hangs out here, who likes what I do, whether you’re an Elvis fan, a Supernatural fan, a general cinephile, a book-lover, or just someone who’s been checking in periodically for almost 16 years – WHAT? – I … Continue reading

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Film Comment Countdown and Live Talk

Last night, I participated in a Film Comment live talk at Lincoln Center, hosted/moderated by Film Comment editor-in-chief Nic Rapold, which involved “unveiling” Film Comment‘s Top 10 of 2018. The other critics there were Michael Koresky, Nick Pinkerton and Molly … Continue reading

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Oh my God, Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here (2018)

It’s as good as I’ve heard. Better. I’m a huge fan of Lynne Ramsay (#1) and also a huge fan of Joaquin Phoenix, who is in a really masterful phase of his career. No bullshit: he’s awesome. This is a … Continue reading

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Persistence

It’s not the most talented who “make it”. Those who “make it” (in whatever field it might be) are those who are the most persistent. Those who fall down and then get right back up. Those who are not stopped … Continue reading

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June 2015 Viewing Diary

The X-Files, Season 5, Episode 7, “Emily” (1997; d. Kim Manners) Very intense. Good Lord. The X-Files, Season 5, Episode 8, “Kitsunegari” (1998; d. Daniel Sackheim) Ty Olsson as the green security guard. Hi, Benny from Supernatural! And Diana Scarwid! … Continue reading

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May 2015 Viewing Diary

The X-Files, Season 2 Episode 20 “Humbug” (1995; d. Kim Manners). Mulder and Scully investigate murders among circus-folk. Laugh-out-loud funny, especially Mulder in the fun-house, sliding out of the wall, gun drawn. The X-Files, Season 2 Episode 22 “The Calusari” … Continue reading

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Everything Reminds Me of Inherent Vice

During my run in Long Beach. Opening shot of Inherent Vice, just for reference.

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