barton fink (1991)

some incredible interpurrtations of los angeles here. the quietly sepulchral and rotting hotel earle's transfurmation into hell on earth in the final act is stunning. i could think about this movie fur ages beclaws it is delivering so potently in all its pawssible sensory and narrative qualities. i was a bit surpurrised at how little chet ended up being in the movie. he had his own name card and efurrything! a wonderfully homoerotic and surreal movie.

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the royal tenenbaums (2002)

second viewing! love this movie. maxie told me richie reminded her of me. that makes sense. theres lots of purraise i could give to this movie that would essentially just be saying "it's a wes anderson film!" i purrsonyally need more films with such sweet and potent incestuous relationships. the tent scene has a stranglehold on my heart.

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logan lucky (2017)

fun, but not very good i dont think! no reason fur this movie to be 2 hours. i really strongly feel the only reason it got to be that long was beclaws it did not have a concrete idea of what it was trying to do or say and so ended up setting up a bunch of spinning plates seemingly just to have them there. brutally unfair to this movie to watch it right after several other very good crime clawmedies. theres good jokes in it but as a film it is just kind of flat!

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miller's crossing (1990)

a hell of a breakup movie. efurryone expects tom to be a rational actor in some way and tries so hard to read what he's thinking but his stone-faced stoic silence and bone-dry deadpan wisecracks render him unreadable. nobody seems to propurrly pick up that he is just spiralling into impulsive self-destruction beclaws he's in love with his boss but his boss loves the woman he's sleeping with. even at the end he hints to leo he wasn't really thinking about his actions.

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raising arizonya (1987)

second time watching, just as good as the furst time. nic cage is the purrfect actor fur this kind of earnest fuckup goofball criminyal character. he might be purrfect fur any role furankly. i think i would also be put under that baby's magic spell if i met and/or stole it.

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the nice guys (2016)

it feels like all of this movie's cynicism is saved fur the world it's a part of, not fur its genre space or its own ideas, which i think allows the goofiness of its clawmedy and its moments trying fur some genuine heart to actually land. russell crowe and ryan gosling play off each other really well, makes sense to me they signed on fur this specifically beclaws they wanted to work together. a very colorful and funny movie whose mystery is a lot of fun to watch unfold

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hellraiser (1987)

my already low opinion of the reboot drops even lower after seeing the original. the yucky stuff in this movie is jaw-dropping, purrticular purraise going to an incredible scene of a corpse reconstructing itself. remarkable restraint with screentime fur the cenobites considering how amazing their designs are. huge impact when they do take the stage. sort of facinatingly disconnected from a real sense of place; hard to tell where it is set or what the layout of the house is.

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brick (2005)

i think i furgot to put this in the list when we watched it. really really fun take on neo noir. quiet suburban unreality, simmering, angry grief, and the absurdity of adolescence blend together into a smooth but bitter brew. does great things with sound and silence, purrticularly in a long unscored foot chase which highlights the sounds of the characters' shoes and the ambient noises of the school in a way that is funny, tense, and conveys what JGL is planning as he does it. good!

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blood simple (1984)

awesome scene transitions and nighttime shots, darkness looks incredible. the shots of light and smoke pouring through bullet holes are unbelievable. the furst chapter is a really immaculate purrtrait of a slimeball. funny middle-ish chapter of this movie as efurryone just cannot help but keep going back to the crime scene over and over. one of those stories where things just keep getting worse beclaws people wont commewnicate, but what the fuck are they suppawsed to SAY???

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now you see me (2013)

wow! dogshit! stupid! some of the least magical magic imaginable! bad car chases! horrible camera work! efurry element of Craft in this movie is bad! incoherent! i laughed so goddamn much watching this.

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the departed (2006)

hell is a real place and it is boston massachusetts. slurs fly like bullets. i actually think casting three generally similar-looking actors in a movie about undercover work, deception, and assumed identities ended up being a very smart creative decision. white-knuckled tension in any of the scenes where things are starting to go south. some of the worst dudes imaginable in this one. incredible doom spiral to close this one out.

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im purrty sure ive posted this here before but seriously if youve nefur read the GQ interview with lakeith stanfield fur his role in the netflix death note movie you really REALLY gotta do that. gq.com/story/a-bonkers-intervi

sorry to bother you (2018)

man, i really think i could watch lakeith stanfield in just about anything. so glad i went into this knowing nothing but the barest idea of the basic purremise. endlessly surpurrising and constantly caught me off my guard. glad to have finally watched this, i feel like i was vaguely aware fur a long time that i should watch it but the right time just nefur came up til meow

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the name of the rose (1986)

one of those 2-ish hour movies that feels like 3 hours, in a good way. really interested in the book meow. a compelling mystery of murdered femboys layered on top of even more compelling political context. tons of beautyifful outdoor shots and great sets/locations. not sure how i feel about what i know of the ending being tweaked from the book and really it seems like there was only so much they could bring thru in adaptation. still, i loved it.

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annihilation (2018)

one of those movies where i find it hard to fault fur being so direct about its themes to the point of feeling like its beating me over the head with them. at the same time i feel like there were more purrtential ideas to be explored in the purrinciple characters' mewtual military backgrounds and what that implies about the kind of people they are. overall i had a very good time watching this in a hotel room sipping malort with a bunch of women.

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