Grant Olans

"Ideas are like fish.”
-David Lynch
"What is now proved was once only imagined."
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  • Thunder Road

    Thunder Road

    I can't remember the last time there was such a dramatic discrepancy between my perception of a film and its reception by audiences and critics worldwide. I'm literally waiting for the day when someone exposes all of this Thunder Road worship as a kind of fake news story planted by fringe film culture groups in Russia. How else can this be explained? I'm simply baffled by the praise this incompetent mess is getting.

  • Mutual Appreciation

    Mutual Appreciation

    ★★★★

    The whole film has an uncomfortable and infectious laziness. It's a great movie to watch while slumping in a couch on a Sunday afternoon, or while sitting gingerly on a stranger's bed on a Thursday night. Watch it while standing in a friend's apartment after the party has left.

    But there also seems to be a raging subtext beneath a plot that develops in slow motion. Bujalski does this by indulging in awkward silences and nervous gestures, using them to…