BLONDE


“I don’t begrudge anyone for not wanting to sit through a movie this miserable and intentionally upsetting, but the trigger warning is right there in the NC-17 rating and there’s no shame in not being tall enough for the ride. There should be a place for films like Blonde to explore unpleasant images and ideas for an adult audience.” – WBUR’s Arts & Culture, 09/27/2022

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DON’T WORRY DARLING

“The biggest problem with Don’t Worry Darling is that it takes the audience maybe fifteen minutes to come to the same conclusion that Pugh finally figures out after a full two hours. It’s a drag being so far ahead of the characters the entire time, and Wilde’s maddeningly repetitive structure makes the viewer feel as trapped as the protagonist.” – WBUR’s Arts & Culture, 09/22/2022

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PEARL


“More a creepy psychological character study than a kill-crazy slasher movie, it cedes West’s can-you-top-this camera trickery to a stunning, go-for-broke performance by co-screenwriter Mia Goth that would no doubt be recognized by awards bodies everywhere if people who cared about movie awards watched movies like Pearl. She’s incredible.” – North Shore Movies, 09/19/2022

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ONE HEAT MINUTE RUM AND RANT #68: JACK REACHER ROUND


Had a blast with my dear friends Blake Howard and Rob Belushi on this special One Heat Minute Patreon subscriber exclusive discussing Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie’s endlessly rewatchable Jack Reacher. We talk a lot about Herzog and Duvall and stupid casting controversies and how the sorry sequel ruined Rob’s birthday. One Heat Minute, 09/16/2022

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MASCULIN FÉMININ: JEAN-LUC GODARD’S CHILDREN OF MARX AND COCA-COLA

Masculin Féminin isn’t my favorite Godard movie, but it’s the one I felt most like revisiting after hearing news of the director’s death. I think because it’s about being the age I was when his films first found me: barely out of adolescence and all hopped up on hormones, cinemania and political fervor, when everything feels like it’s still stretched out endlessly in front of you.” – Crooked Marquee, 09/16/2022

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MOONAGE DAYDREAM

“Morgen overwhelms the audience with a multi-sensory barrage of vintage performance clips, television talk show appearances, contemporaneous stock footage, psychedelic animated interludes, semi-related art from other mediums and pretty much everything else including the kitchen sink. It’s a swirling, maximalist mosaic both electrifying and exhausting.” – WBUR’s Arts & Culture, 09/15/2022

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CONFESS, FLETCH


”A film of relaxed but not inconsiderable pleasures. Updating the 1976 novel for a more sensitive era, Hamm and director Greg Mottola tone down the character’s unseemlier aspects and have a good time with his easygoing arrogance. Fletch always carries himself as if he’s the smartest person in the room, even if that’s only true about half the time.” – North Shore Movies, 09/15/2022

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SEE HOW THEY RUN


”This kind of thing is trickier than it looks. For every Knives Out or Only Murders In The Building you get a dozen Death On The Niles. Successful mystery sendups need to also work as examples of the genre, but the list of suspects in See How They Run contains no persons of interest, at least as far as the audience is concerned. Motives abound, none compelling.” – North Shore Movies, 09/15/2022

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CLERKS III


”Smith resides in a creative mausoleum of his own making, writing movies that aren’t just movies about other movies, they’re movies about other Kevin Smith movies. In Clerks III, the afterlife is depicted as a cruddy multiplex screening the first two Clerks films on an eternal loop, a purgatory to which followers of this once-promising career may feel already condemned.” – North Shore Movies, 09/11/2022

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WATCH WITH JEN SEASON 3 – EPISODE 33: JACK NICHOLSON STORIES

Had a wonderful time with my dear friend Jen Johans discussing the life and career of Jack Nicholson. The five films we focused on were Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, The Shining, Terms Of Endearment and The Crossing Guard, along with plenty of anecdotes and asides about the Method to his madness and the role his Jack persona plays in the popular imagination.Watch With Jen, 09/09/2022

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