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  • Maximum Overdrive

    Maximum Overdrive

    [film guy voice] this was shot on filme

    My dad used to describe this movie to me when he would catch it on TV late at night. Dad, it's exactly as bad as you said, and yet I understand why you were compelled to watch it in 30 minute stretches whenever the opportunity presented itself.

  • The Old Man & the Gun

    The Old Man & the Gun

    The “Robert Redford escaping from prison” montage is one of my 5 favorite scenes or sequences of the year. Sheer enjoyment, deceptively gentle and pleasurable without giving into that pandering nostalgia that ruins movies-about-movies most of the time.

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    David Lynch (big brain): the atom bomb was the original sin
    Stanley Kubrick (galaxy brain): using tools was the original sin

    and yeah this is in a class by itself, if you haven’t seen it in theaters you haven’t seen it, and I would be shocked if an expansive film of ideas hit the big screen ever again

  • Barcelona

    Barcelona

    -whit stillman: for when you despise the films of woody Allen but you’re still white
    -swanning around a foreign country in full military dress and crying and whining when someone calls you “fascist” is a keystone of conservatism in 2018
    -put one-eyed Chris Eigeman in every movie