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  • Ishtar

    Ishtar

    Talkhouse was kind enough to let me share my thoughts on Ishtar and the punk Elaine May! 🤟🏻 💘 🤟🏻

    Fellow Letterbox-heads, check out the piece and, whatever you do...do not watch Ishtar!

    Long live Elaine May!

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★★

    Da 5 Bloods is a genre-bending, psychedelic exploration of the living casualties of war. In Lee's masterful strokes, he doesn't shy from filling his frames with annotations to the war genre, from Fuller to Coppola to Huston. Think Apocalypse Later.

    If I had to describe it to someone, it's like The Act of Killing meets The Treasure of Sierra Madre meets Last Flag Flying. Yes, that's a wide net of references - and some admonish Lee for even attempting the…

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  • Mistress America

    Mistress America

    ★★★★

    I still think this is peak Baumbach. This could be the most John Hughesian film ever attempted. Its coming-of-age (without being twee), it's nationally anthemic while still being agnostic and it's far and above one of the best edited comedies of the 2010s. The pace in the script and cut is like a sharply whittled stick (shout outs to the Literary Society scene).

    It conveys something that Best Picture Oscar winner Green Book I think tried to convey: a sense…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★

    Maybe a review to follow. I'm going against every natural impulse in my body to touch this one.

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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★½

    Remember growing up, the kid in the class who was the loudest, the one that would remind you that he was listening to “Loft Music” before House of Balloons even dropped, the one that liked Adam Sandler ironically, the one that came into class with the Air Jordans XX2s that their dad bought them but boasted how “he stole them from the back of a truck”?

    Uncut Gems is kind of like that kid. Its relentlessness makes sure you know just…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    Oh, this is one of those "the more you watch it, the more disturbing layers reveal themselves" films...

    Watched it with mum this time around who asked me about my knowledge of James Stacy. Conversation went something like..

    "Mark, why'd you think Tarantino put that close-up of James Stacy riding his Motorcycle off the lot?"

    "I don't know, aesthetic flare, trivial insert Tarantino style?"

    "Well, didn't a drunk driver hit James Stacey on his motorcycle, killing his girlfriend?"

    Ahhh, a…