Jordan Barbosa

Jordan Barbosa

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  • Collective

    Collective

    ★★★★

    As you watch the first half of this documentary about these lowly journalists uncovering this mass corruption, it may seem like an overly optimistic view in how a few people dedicated to the duty of journalism can save the world. But then movie keeps going. As a new Health Officer takes lead, we see what happens next. Corruption has deep roots, systematic problems continue, the bureaucracy is hard to change...

    As a Romanian film, this doc has a lot in…

  • Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

    Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

    ★★★½

    Pure unadulterated Bukowskian vibes. The Barfly life has always interested me. I tried it on for size for a little while after college hitting up my friends’ comedy open mics, taking in the atmosphere, conversing with the patronage... But it ultimately wasn’t for me- mostly because I don’t like drinking or having uncomfortable conversations with drunk people. Still, the vibe and community of this romantic ideal always was draw and its perfectly represented here in its dying glory as a…

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  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction

    ★★★★★

    Watching this again after years and years convincing myself that this was in fact Tarantino’s crowning achievement was a strange experience. The first half of the film was all fine and good. It was all mostly how I remembered it. Occasional moments played out slightly differently though. Just tiny things here and there that were slightly skewed, probably due to recollecting the social memory of this film rather than the actual film itself. 

    Aside from this, the only thing I…

  • Mildred Pierce

    Mildred Pierce

    ★★★★

    As someone who lives in Glendale, I found this seriously offensive. I’m not super versed on the make up of Glendale in the 30s but it’s definitely not that ho-hum suburban waste anymore. I mean it’s quiet but there’s stuff here. It’s not like they live in Van Nuys or Whittier! And how is Pasadena more centrally located to Beverly and Laguna Beach, Mildred?!

    Despite my geographic misgivings, I found this to be a great portrait of social expectation vs…