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  • The Hired Hand

    The Hired Hand

    ★★★★

    A wandering gunslinger decides to come back home to his wife and daughter after years apart and offers to be her hired hand. This is my tribute watch for Peter Fonda who recently passed away. He stars and directs in this Western in the vein of what can only be described as sort of an elegiac anti-Western like Sam Peckinpah's The Ballad of Cable Hogue and Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller. I have to say, this deserves to be…

  • Horse Money

    Horse Money

    ★★★½

    A group of revolutionaries search for their lost captain...I guess that's what it's about. This is my first foray into the cinema of director Pedro Costa. I think it was the wrong film to start with him. It's a beautifully shot, dream-like film, nearly plotless and meandering, filled with surreal and unforgettable imagery. It's an art film with a capital A-R-T. I've seen and loved these types of films in the past but personally, I couldn't get into this one.…

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  • Crumb

    Crumb

    ★★★★½

    An endlessly fascinating documentary on controversial cartoonist/comic book artist/satirist Robert Crumb. We get a peek into his life, his work and his family (among his brothers, as it turns out, HE'S the normal one.) You need not be a fan or even be familiar with his work to be fascinated by this remarkable documentary. It gets kind of personal, uncomfortable, shocking and sometimes really funny. Terry Zwigoff creates a fascinating document of a truly remarkable and unique artist. It must be seen by anyone even remotely interested in art.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Whoah. This is an intense, exhilarating (just like the blurb in the posters say) film. An ambitious young jazz drummer gets tormented both physically, psychologically and emotionally by a brutal teacher who pushes him beyond his limits in order to realize his full potential and achieve greatness. What follows is not an emotional, feel-good inspiring tale (well, not-so-much) but a brutally honest examination of what it means to achieve one's ambitions. The buzz around JK Simmons' performance is well-earned, IMO…