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  • Slam Dance

    Slam Dance

    ★★★★

    Slam Dance, for me, is a psychological sublimation to the likes of Vertigo, Jacob's Ladder or Liebestraum. I choose to believe it is purely an adventure in escapist fantasy, driven home by Drood's creative inclinations prone to introverted delusions from reality, reconciling the demise of his nuclear family to that of being swept up in a noir plotline. A little neo-Jungian noir playground. Virginia Madsen's character is not the traditional Femme Fatale however, is actually his inner anima "Yolanda the…

  • Play Murder for Me

    Play Murder for Me

    ★★★★

    Like cigarette smoke that lingers on in a phosphorus haze, where dawn never breaks and the neon signs blissfully glow, when saxy sax plays all night long. A jaded saxophonist with tossed, I-sleep-in-my-day-shirt chic reacquaints himself to an old flame, secrets emerge after her husband is left for dead. The film wears its influences on its sleeve, and less about the final reveal than the misty underbelly of nightlife we succumb to in living such luxurious lifestyles. You can sit…

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  • Nobody

    Nobody

    ★★

    Completely uninspired for the majority of its runtime, feels outdated mostly because the middle aged white male crisis is stale and boldly asserts that the resolve to this issue is by becoming an absolute madman who in turn kills numerous people in the guise of "finding yourself". People were throwing out John Wick but I also feel that it's capitalising on what Bob Odenkirk already has accomplished in shows like Fargo or Breaking Bad, as if we're still in 2010…

  • Vicious Lips

    Vicious Lips

    ★★★½

    You know I'm not one to fall prey to dismissing a movie only because it's low budget and also, I'm not going to apologize for loving everything Pyun does either so here we are. I think this ultimately requires an understanding of the "Pyunverse" because without it, this is a complete mess, but within it this movie is like a serial episode of the Wasteland Adventures akin to a Johnny Quest for the retro-futurism nuclear age. We follow Judy Jetson's…

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  • The Daytrippers

    The Daytrippers

    ★★★★½

    A Proto-Little Miss Sunshine: unseen micro-budget family van ride story. Everyone’s idiosyncrasies and flaws comedically on display, subtle holiday feel goods of Seinfeld relatability.

    Highlight is Liev Schrieber playing “smartest guy in the room” writer-type who loves indulging about his Kafkaesque novel and aristocracy. Parker Posey plays mostly blasé cool Posey (I’m not complaining) who chain smokes and has a weakness for said intellectual writer types (raises hand), and Hope Davis as adorable older sister tracking down her husband in…

  • Career Opportunities

    Career Opportunities

    ★★★★★

    I really love this movie, and not for the obvious reason, so here’s a little female perspective for you chuds.

    Whaley is so incredibly charming as doofy outcast, never over-fixated with Josie, but relatable self-involved idiosyncratic Jim. Right on the cusp of the “mall movie” aka Clueless, Mallrats, etc. quirky shenanigans in the only place young people can convene after high school and before twenty-one. Includes intense flashbacks to the time I worked at PetSmart for the summer, not really…