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  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

    el paso sheriff: it’s all the goddamn money, ed tom. money and the drugs. it’s just goddamn beyond everything…you know, if you’d have told me twenty years ago, i’d see children walking the streets of our texas towns with green hair, bones in their noses…i just flat-out wouldn’t have believed you.

    ed tom: but I think once you quit hearing ‘sir’ and ‘ma’am’ the rest is soon to follow.

    el paso sheriff: oh, its’ the tide…it’s the dismal tide. It…

  • Rushmore

    Rushmore

    ★★★★★

    what in the world must have donald deline, the former executive in charge of touchstone pictures, and company made of rushmore? deline stepped away from touchstone in spring '98 just as disney began drawing down their future production slate in favor of focusing on more family and IP fare. this process only accelerated and became more singularly focused over the next two decades, but a movie like rushmore coming out of the disney monolith is as remarkable as it is…

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  • Alpha Dog

    Alpha Dog

    ★★★

    very all over the place tonally. sometimes walking right up to the edge of camp and then moments later very subdued and actually  l gutting and wrenching. hard to pin down!! also didn’t feel like the 1999 of it all was fully realized! there could have been some
    fertile ground to explore with young men in that moment. the aggro bro of y2k was absolutely a cultural force of that time and i don’t know how in tune nick cassavetes…

  • Barb Wire

    Barb Wire

    some bad movies are fun. this is not one of them.

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  • The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story

    The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story

    ★★★

    while i maintain a full awareness about the powerfully intoxicating pull of nostalgia, sometimes that magnetized black hole exists for good reason.

    “orange era” nickelodeon looms so large in my age cohort’s media minds, that its presence is nearly inescapable. i feel like the iconography of its orange splat logo and products, rugrats, rocko’s modern life, all that, et. al. etc. overshadows the true meaning of why those television shows are so deeply connected to and meaningful to audiences that…

  • Boyz n the Hood

    Boyz n the Hood

    ★★★★

    on february 8, 1991 a movie called l.a. story is released. it features steve martin talking to a magical freeway sign. that same month kelsey grammer and bebe neuwirth of cheers appeared on the cover of los angeles magazine with stories touting “why l.a.’s men won’t commit: 10 eligibles gripe about l.a. women.”

    on march 3, 1991 the beating of rodney king by five lapd officers is caught on home videotape and disseminated worldwide. thirteen days later latasha harlins is murdered by a korean convenience store owner. on july 2, 1991, boyz n the hood is released.

    there are two los angeleses.