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  • The Death of Dick Long

    The Death of Dick Long

    ★★★★★

    [Seen at the 2019 Sidewalk Film Festival]

    “Y’all motherfuckers wanna get weird?”

    This is the most Alabama film of all time. I’m so goddamn proud of all my friends and acquaintances.

    Five stars and five bars.

  • Sing Street

    Sing Street

    ★★★★½

    [Seen at the 2016 Nashville Film Festival]

    "Rock 'n roll is a risk. You risk being ridiculed."

    I formed a band with my friends when I was 15. Went from violin lessons to guitar lessons to bass lessons. I wrote the lyrics and sang while Eric, Daniel, and Scott wrote the music.

    We played together for close to four years, starting with MxPx and Blink-182 covers and debuting at the high school talent show. We recorded an EP, we played…

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  • Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling

    Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling

    ★★★★

    "The 21st century is a very dangerous century."

    Listen to me. Listen to me. This is good shit.

    Rocko's Modern Life always felt smarter than your average cartoon, at least through my child eyes. And there's still a lot on Joe Murray's mind.

    This is honestly one of the best satirical condemnations of nostalgia-driven entertainment economics I've ever seen, and it says more in 45 minutes than most creators could attempt in 2-3 hours. Rocko clings to the comfort of…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    “Bad luck to kill a sea bird.”

    The scene where Robert Pattinson flogs a seagull to death is the most visceral movie moment...I’ve ever seen?

    I need to watch this again when I’m not sleepy. And with subtitles. I felt like I was on drugs. (Yes, I know that’s the point.)

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  • Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

    ★★★½

    "I didn't ask for the whole story. What's the idea of the story?"

    Certainly not the masterpiece I was led to believe it is*, but also certainly benefitting from the craftsmanship by one of the industry's top high-floor guys.

    This was a bumpy and uneven ride for me, folks, by some cinematic metrics but most fundamentally in terms of my enjoyment. (After all, this is Hollywood, ain't it?) A film that's probably lacking in Tarantino Moments™ more than any of…

  • Bomb City

    Bomb City

    ★★★★★

    [Seen at the 2017 Nashville Film Festival]

    "You made them, America. What did you expect?"

    This film affected me, man.

    I was not familiar with the true story of Brian Deneke, but had we lived in the same town, our paths might've crossed. I was born seven years later, but I grew up going to punk rock shows in Birmingham at Cave 9 and the Boiler Room and the Two-Way and anywhere that would have us. I didn't dress quite…