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  • Hardcore

    ★★★½

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    ★★★★

  • The Manchurian Candidate

    ★★★½

  • The Last Letter from Your Lover

    ★★½

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    This is my 4th watch since this came out. I didn't plan to watch it so frequently, despite loving it a lot, but there was always one reason or another that made me check it out. This time it was because I just read the novelization, so I wanted to see this while the book was fresh in my mind.

    I think it is safe to say that this is one of the most expensive pieces of fan fiction ever…

  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    The Friends of Eddie Coyle

    ★★★★½

    Hurt like a bastard.

    As per my LB diary, I last saw this on April 19th, 2015. Which would be 5 days after the Justified (itself based on Elmore Leonard’s short story Fire in the Hole) series finale. I mention that because that is how I came about to know this movie: it was featured in the finale. I immediately looked it up. I found out that Elmore Leonard loved George V. Higgins and especially this book (which Leonard called the…

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  • Hardcore

    Hardcore

    ★★★½

    We all know the overused Nietzsche quote, if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee, but Schrader is probably the only guy who challenged the abyss to a staring contest and won. Lars Von Trier, on the other hand, is currently being ghosted by the abyss (the last text was read, but not responded to - we've all been there).

    As is par for the course, Schrader makes his movie about someone who slowly…

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    ★★★★

    Paul Schrader, the patron saint of tortured souls and repressed men, takes a stab at a portrait of a complicated, to say the least, Japanese writer, Mishima, who harbored fantasies of reinstating Imperial Japan, and general right wing tendencies of a glorious past. Schrader, himself brought up in a very strict religious household, from which he broke away in his early adulthood, but the remnants of which are so evident in his work.

    On the surface, it's a very odd…

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  • Kill Your Darlings

    Kill Your Darlings

    ★★★½

    Dane DeHaan. This kid has a bright future, if he keeps making good choices. I didn't think anything could make me want to see The Amazing Spider Man 2, but now I am looking forward to it due to DeHaan's presence.

    Anywho, he is not the only star of the movie. A rendition of the origins of Beat Era, this has a who's who of literary names: Allen Ginsberg (who takes the centre stage here with a tremendous performance from…

  • The Last Letter from Your Lover

    The Last Letter from Your Lover

    ★★½

    The movie I watched on Netflix to justify the $15 I pay them every month. I am not really getting value-for-money over here.

    This is a movie of two timelines and two modes: one is an old-fashioned romantic melodrama harking back to your Affair to Remember or All That Heaven Allows, and the other is more of a modern day romance comedy. Much like Julie & Julia, the past is more interesting than the present. Well, only relatively.

    It's a story…