I'm thinking of watching this again before writing concrete thoughts on it. Suffice to say I love most of it but felt the same way I did about the source material in terms of where it ultimately ends up. Most seem to not have the same issue that I do with its final act but I also can't shake my feeling that it should've gone somewhere else. Everything else, especially the performances, is among the best you'll see this year.…
“Is penis measuring too vulgar for political discourse?”
An experience that combines unbridled toxic masculinity and role-playing politics that highlights why this country is the way it is. Prepare to get very angry at a lot of gross white dudes that lack a true belief system, thinking they know better. Inevitably they just treat everything as if it were a sport. This is an energized, well-observed microcosm of an ugly system that should be dismantled in hopes of a complete overhaul.
If someone were to point out my favorite thing(s) to read, even more than a great novel, it would be essays about something that affected them so deeply that they felt compelled to write about it. It can be short, or it can be 20 pages long. A great author of this approach would be Lester Bangs, who wrote beautifully indulgent music reviews in such an intensely personal way that were so resonant, that for the right reader, you might…
Big turnaround here! It took me a 2nd viewing to finally declare this is as a masterpiece of subtle spikes of paranoia, exploring the mystery at the heart of a hard crime, be it personal or political or both. My initial review is that this film is a meandering mess, but it's not. There are detours that add up to the overall idea that I THINK both PTA and Pynchon share: narratives don't matter in this cluttered cultural landscape, it's…