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  • The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience

    The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience

    ★★★

    Even if this weren't a rap album or a "visual poem," it was strong, specific choice to commit so hard to a project about Canseco and McGwire. The songs that adhere the most to the subject matter are the strongest, while a few more conceptual ones feel shoehorned in. Every reference to androstenedione is funny, and the one end card we get made me laugh as well. The whole thing is a real left field idea. It's not a home run, but it was certainly a hit in my book.

  • Baseball

    Baseball

    ★★★★½

    A mammoth that strives to be as close to "definitive" as possible. When you make a statement this big, it will stand to be the official document, as nothing else could ever compete. It's like one of those unbreakable baseball records set by players who stayed in the game longer than most. (Several of these records were broken in the time between the original film's broadcast and the 10th Inning, so updating this documentary every few years just makes a…

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  • I Am Easy to Find

    I Am Easy to Find

    ★★★★

    Mike Mills' slideshows of moments and memories from loved ones' lives were my favorite sequences in his last two movies, and here he's made a short that's basically just that! The story has simple universal touchstones, but also just enough specific details to keep us engaged as we go through a life's journey. It's just very emotional to spend so many years with a character and experience all their changes, and doing so in 20 minutes evokes life's brevity (ugh…

  • The Piano Teacher

    The Piano Teacher

    ★★★★

    Haneke loves to punish. He keeps us at a distance as this whole psychosexual mess slowly reveals itself. By the time we understand these characters as much as we'll get to, there we are in another brutal long take, suffering. Punishment. A lot of great complicated scenes that are hard to watch. Huppert has a big range here, from the subtle looks and clenches she watches Walter's audition to the physicality of later scenes. It's one of those movies that surprised me several times and made me go "that was a lot." Which usually means I thought it was good!