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  • Art School Confidential

    Art School Confidential

    ★★★

    Pretty funny movie, and scathing critique of the art world, but the main character was too insufferable. Maybe with a better actor in that role, can’t really say, but the character and actor both failed as protagonist. Any passion the character was supposed to feel about art or about love was non-existent. Therefore the love/muse story failed. 

    Otherwise, good movie!

  • Spun

    Spun

    ★★★½

    Spun, while stylistically, swims around in the same blown out vein as films like Trainspotting and Requiem for a Dream, and obviously, a post-Tarantino product, still manages to succeed as an original and intoxicating entry into the Drug Film Canon. A few years before Breaking Bad would exploit methamphetamine for cable awards and prestige, this scrappy little movie offered a more filthy view of that world: all the paranoia, sleep deprivation, meth sweats, constipation, desperation, violence and comedowns a speed…

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  • Dawn of the Dead

    Dawn of the Dead

    ★★★★★

    Following the events of Night of the Living Dead, four survivors escape the big city and end up finding refuge in a suburban shopping mall. It’s a simple but extremely effective set-up to allow writer/director George Romero to fire on all cylinders as a filmmaker. This is absolutely his finest work. It’s nasty, chilling, suspenseful and at times hilarious. Even if the characters are a little under written, by the end we can relate as they are doing what any…

  • Clay Pigeons

    Clay Pigeons

    ★★★

    Clearly a Coen clone 
    What with its small town American setting 
    And people in over their heads dealing with murder 
    And other various “quirky” characters 
    There’s a formula followed.
    But it’s not bad. Good performance from Mr Joaquin Phoenix. John Lurie’s score. And some great American imagery captured in the background.