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Quick-Thoughts: The Rental (2020)

Okay thank the movie release gods, I can finally say something about this film legally after seeing it half a year ago.    Yeah, I guess I could write a lengthy review for this, but there’s not a whole lot to discuss when it comes to The Rental besides the fact that James Franco’s baby brother […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)

Someone must’ve had to sell their soul to the devil to achieve this quality of camerawork.  Long takes can either come off as a hyperventilated ploy or cinema’s most gifted trend. In the case of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, the practice is used to god-like effect. In Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s feature-length, suffering […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Abbas Kiarostami’s Close-Up (1990)

Abbas Kiarostami Marathon Part II of VI This Ali Sabzian dude… he gets it. The movie that’ll entirely transcend your viewpoint on artistic creation, Close-Up is often considered acclaimed director Abbas Kiarostami’s masterpiece, and while I have yet to finish his filmography, I can already understand why. Unashamed to announce how cinema can burst forth […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring (2013)

Okay, I LOVE LOVE LOVE a majority of Sofia Coppola’s work as much as the next, but this… this ain’t it.  Humdrum dialogue, lifeless composition, mannequin-like acting, amateur methods of revealing turning points; The Bling Ring is genuinely one of the most consecutively passionless projects I’ve ever laid eyes on; it’s almost as if everybody […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Wong Kar-wai’s Happy Together (1997)

Looks like Wong Kar-wai got a little overexcited about the saturation settings this time. Still, what a fine-looking movie this is.  Wong Kar-wai goes to Argentina in his 1997 feature-length Happy Together: a bypass into a toxic relationship swamped with characters who ache for foreign waters; it’s a phenomenon that qualifies well beyond “the movies […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Like a tropical door opening into the melancholy-infested mind of a narcoleptic gay hooker, My Private Idaho uses its protruding language as a vigor in apprehending its statement on how lineage determines us. You can tell Gus Van Sant was not only heavily influenced by Shakespeare’s Henry IV in remarks to its general story beats […]

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Brace Yourselves: Another Review of Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou (1965)

2nd Viewing Exactly one year ago, I watched for the first time, Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou. As a firm and proud addict of Godard’s classic Breathless, I was not planning on anything topping that magnificently screwed-up romance, and to be frank, it didn’t initially. It took around a month for the movie to finally […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Abbas Kiarostami’s Where is the Friend’s House? (1987)

Abbas Kiarostami Marathon Part I of VI Wonderful.  Where is the Friend’s House is fresh air made into a motion picture; a peaceful but occasionally chatty (in a good way) film that showcases natural doses of a child’s means to conflict/resolution—learning to fix problems, discovering solutions—and exploring the adversity that builds us into becoming adults. […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Batman Under the Red Hood (2010)

??? Viewing Batman goes through Robins like mice do with cheese.  Red Hood’s theory that you need to control crime in order to lower crime—since crime is an indestructible piece of human society—is interesting, to put it mildly. As many crappy one-liners and fantasy-driven absurdities that Batman: Under the Red Hood puts you through during […]

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Quick-Thoughts: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights (1997)

2nd Viewing Watching Boogie Nights is like being thrown down a flight of stairs, only to be immediately helped up by a flock of A-class, joke-cracking comedians who manage to cheer you up through hardy fellowships, but then for them to suddenly pick you up and throw you down another flight of stairs. Owie. Paul […]