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  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★★

    “I'm tired. I thought I just needed a night's sleep, but it's more than that.”

    Llewyn Davis is a classic Coen archetype, the latest portrait in the brother’s gallery of rung-out deadbeats, washouts, and ill-fated limbos. For the most part, the Coens’ canon of hapless characters, from Barton Fink, a man trapped in the hellish fire of writer’s block, to Larry Gopnik, a character caught in a pickle of cosmic mystery, can be interchanged within each other’s narratives without confusion.…

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    ★★★★

    Dead Man's Chest gets whatever love left reserved in my closely-guarded heart for modern action entertainment for fully embracing itself. The pleasures of this sequel are less nuanced and ground-breaking than their swashbuckling predecessor’s, making for a more tame, shallower voyage. It’s unabashed honesty and confidence however alleviate any flaws, delivering an odd sense of endearment towards its blind rambunctiousness rather than annoyance at a lack of craft.

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  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood, Tarantino’s ninth and supposed penultimate outing, finds Quentin at his most vulnerable. Like the three stars on this film’s Walk of Fame, His career (or life in Tate’s case) is finally, if we’re to believe the ten film quota, winding down. His own fading twilight, one marred by now infamous fetishes, interests, and styles, is rapidly closing. Thus, the love letter that is Hollywood, isn’t just dedicated to the rolling hills of endless dreaming…

  • Jackie Brown

    Jackie Brown

    ★★★★

    Jackie Brown has often drawn the “ugly duckling” comparison when stacked up against the rest of Tarantino’s filmography. Now, after a week or two of theatrical limelight, Once Upon A Time in... Hollywood, a film lauded as Jackie’s identical twin, has become the fresh, new face of undeserved slander. The maligning, as unjustified and unwarranted as it is, just proves how accustomed people have become to the Tarantino style of force-fed entertainment. Beneath the showboating performer however, there’s a contemplative side to Quentin. This film, and its dastardly stunt double, confirms that.