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  • Woman in the Dunes

    Woman in the Dunes

    ★★★★★

    "But you see, if it weren't for the sand, no one would bother about me. Isn't that right?"

    So I'm going to Myrtle Beach in a couple weeks to stay at my parents' place, and to spend time with my brother and sister-in-law and most importantly my one-year-old nephew. I love the beach and I can't wait to play in the sand with him. But if I see any young Japanese widows around, so help me...

    The rare mid-century arthouse…

  • On Her Shoulders

    On Her Shoulders

    ★★★★½

    "They're getting all their strength from you. If you cry, they'll cry too."

    Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad was in the White House just a couple days ago, with other activists and refugee advocates. She spoke directly with President Donald Trump. According to Vox, here's how part of the meeting went:

    Trump again did not appear to pay close attention to her testimony, asking Murad where her family members were right after she’d told the president they had been…

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  • David Bowie: Finding Fame

    David Bowie: Finding Fame

    ★★★½

    "I just had to accept that I was a person who had a very short attention span, and would move from one thing to another when I got bored with the other."

    I don't know a lot about David Bowie's early career. I can't even consider myself a really big fan, but I can definitely rock "Heroes" and "Fame," and I love the electro brass rock swagger of "Let's Dance." But aside from "Space Oddity," I really haven't heard much…

  • Blinded by the Light

    Blinded by the Light

    ★★★

    "Bruce is the direct line to all that's true in this shitty world."

    Really? "Blinded by the Light"? I mean, sure, that's a Bruce Springsteen song. But it's also probably better known by the cover version from Manfred Mann where the lyric "revved up like a deuce" sounds much more like "wrapped up like a douche." Why was this the song title to use for the name of this film? I can name ten more (and better) songs from Bruce…

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  • Happy Winter

    Happy Winter

    ★★★½

    "...but maybe I should have just dived in. Carefree. I just needed to dive and swim."

    Back after a vacation to Myrtle Beach, I figured why not dive right into a documentary about beach life on the other side of the world, the clever and acclaimed documentary Happy Winter.

    Thanks to PBS and its POV series, you too can view this witty and surprisingly profound film at this link but only for a limited time. If you're able, please donate…

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    "Goddamn fuckin' hippies."

    So the first thing I noticed was that the theatre on opening/preview night was full of single loser guys like me: all wearing glasses, all on their phones (but not cool enough to start typing a review like this), all not talking, all sitting at least two seats from one another, all overweight. Why aren't we friends?

    Anyway.

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is quintessential Quentin, idiosyncratic and stylistic, convoluted and overly long, yet still an…