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  • Slam Dance

    Slam Dance

    ★★★★

    Slam Dance, for me, is a psychological sublimation to the likes of Vertigo, Jacob's Ladder or Liebestraum. I choose to believe it is purely an adventure in escapist fantasy, driven home by Drood's creative inclinations prone to introverted delusions from reality, reconciling the demise of his nuclear family to that of being swept up in a noir plotline. A little neo-Jungian noir playground. Virginia Madsen's character is not the traditional Femme Fatale however, is actually his inner anima "Yolanda the…

  • Play Murder for Me

    Play Murder for Me

    ★★★★

    Like cigarette smoke that lingers on in a phosphorus haze, where dawn never breaks and the neon signs blissfully glow, when saxy sax plays all night long. A jaded saxophonist with tossed, I-sleep-in-my-day-shirt chic reacquaints himself to an old flame, secrets emerge after her husband is left for dead. The film wears its influences on its sleeve, and less about the final reveal than the misty underbelly of nightlife we succumb to in living such luxurious lifestyles. You can sit…

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  • Tough Guys Don't Dance

    Tough Guys Don't Dance

    ★★★

    Norman Mailer channels some Orson Welles masturbatory art project like an old man no longer in touch with the times and aged on too many whiskey sours cultivating the haphazard embarrassment of making a nonsensical callback to his heyday. Thankfully, he doesn't star in it himself to avoid any further harm. Is it intentional? Is it satirical? I'll write to Mailer from the grave and find out, but I imagine his response will be as esoteric as this movie's plot.…

  • Femme Fatale

    Femme Fatale

    ★★★★½

    De Palma goes where very few noir tales go: from the eyes of the Femme Fatale. We watch women like Barbara Stanwyck or Lizabeth Scott in awe of their feminine prowess to make whatever they want happen, moving the men in their lives around like chess pieces. Finally embarking on the opportunity to be the mysteriously tragic minx. A fantastical element is constantly pushing the envelope of what is real and imaginary, possibly De Palma's finest film for dreaming up…

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  • The Daytrippers

    The Daytrippers

    ★★★★½

    A Proto-Little Miss Sunshine: unseen micro-budget family van ride story. Everyone’s idiosyncrasies and flaws comedically on display, subtle holiday feel goods of Seinfeld relatability.

    Highlight is Liev Schrieber playing “smartest guy in the room” writer-type who loves indulging about his Kafkaesque novel and aristocracy. Parker Posey plays mostly blasé cool Posey (I’m not complaining) who chain smokes and has a weakness for said intellectual writer types (raises hand), and Hope Davis as adorable older sister tracking down her husband in…

  • Career Opportunities

    Career Opportunities

    ★★★★★

    I really love this movie, and not for the obvious reason, so here’s a little female perspective for you chuds.

    Whaley is so incredibly charming as doofy outcast, never over-fixated with Josie, but relatable self-involved idiosyncratic Jim. Right on the cusp of the “mall movie” aka Clueless, Mallrats, etc. quirky shenanigans in the only place young people can convene after high school and before twenty-one. Includes intense flashbacks to the time I worked at PetSmart for the summer, not really…