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  • The Fountain
  • Waking Life
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  • Cemetery of Splendor

    ★★★★★

  • The Big Easy

    ★★★½

  • Looker

    ★½

  • Palmetto

    ½

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  • Cemetery of Splendor

    Cemetery of Splendor

    ★★★★★

    What does a rating mean? For me, it depends on the work and what it's trying to do. What is the gap between its ambition and its ability, grasp and reach? Does it succeed, but lazily? Does it fail, but creatively?

    Cemetery of Splendour seems to be all it wants to be, needs to be, says what it has to say, and says it well and with humanity and gravitas. The world is a palimpsest, the past is a dream's…

  • The Big Easy

    The Big Easy

    ★★★½

    Did you know every person in New Orleans has a Cajun accent and ends their sentences with "mon chere?" Dennis Quaid's Cajun accent has a copious dose of Jersey. Ellen Barkin is unconvincing. John Goodman in a very early role from his charming phase (as opposed to his latter-day menacing phase). Shares a writer with Beverly Hills Cop. Quaid's accent is aberrational in his performance. Weird little movie that feels very closed off and small, the set design/ cinematographic equivalent…

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