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  • Seconds

    Seconds

    ★★★★★

    Has there ever been a more me-themed podcast than Faust and 1960s movies? Do I reference Martin & Lewis, Phil Ochs, Jodorowsky, Monty Python and primordial consciousness in this podcast? Yes I do! Bart had the brilliant idea of including Seconds in our list, so you'll HAVE to listen to hear about all of the surprising parallels between Seconds and Goethe's Faust!

    Seconds just blew me away so completely. Beautifully shot with deeply compelling acting by Rock Hudson and an infinitely…

  • Mean Streets

    Mean Streets

    ★★★★½

    I watched a later screening of this at Film Forum and it literally inspired the audience to physical violence and I don’t think I will ever top this Film Forum experience.

    Like some guy in the back row spent the whole film rolling empty bottles around the back, while a man with disheveled hair and a suit two times too big stumbled in and out of the theater every half hour. Right before the last five minutes of the film,…

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  • The French Lieutenant's Woman

    The French Lieutenant's Woman

    ★★★

    Ive clearly been watching too many Italian movies because for the first minute of Jeremy Irons’ introduction on screen I was absolutely convinced he was Giancarlo Giannini and I was shocked he spoke such non-accented English. Anyhow, that bizarre brain failure aside, I was hoping for something a little more romantic or a little more cathartically dramatic and instead I got this sort of interesting parallel story film that deals in shades of grey and arm’s length angst.

    Not bad,…

  • The Trip to Greece

    The Trip to Greece

    ★★★½

    A bit of a disappointing end to an otherwise fantastic series, but that's not to say I didn't genuinely laugh out loud at every episode. The themes of death and aging are there, but it feels a bit cut short, a bit rushed. Steve is shown to laugh more easily now, I almost can't even picture him smiling genuinely in any of the previous Trips, while Rob is almost unnervingly and yet comfortingly the same. The overly dramatic endings to…

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  • The Way We Were

    The Way We Were

    ★★★★

    This isn't the story about people who drift apart because of politics, this is the story of a woman with convictions (whether you agree with them or not) and intelligence, and a wuss-ass (drop dead beautiful) white boy who has never had to care about or fight for anything in his life.

    They're initially attracted to each other because they each have something the other wishes they could possess. For Redford, Streisand represents the exciting world of fringe living, of…

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★½

    First time rewatching this since 2007 when I saw it at BAM. The first time it rattled me so much I haven’t had any desire to revisit it, in part because I knew it would never have that much of a visceral effect on me ever again. It just physically froze me in the moment, like that feeling when you’re experiencing something horrific—time stood still for me after this movie. I’ve never had that experience in a theater before or…