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  • Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell

    Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell

    A cursory glance tells me this is remedial to those in the know but the legendary Brooklyn freestyle that everyone’s seen a million times was the extent of my archival Biggie knowledge so I got a lot out of this. Cannot be overstated just how magnetic and mythical of a presence he was. Doesn’t even seem real sometimes. Really lovely anecdote here from producer Easy Mo Bee in which he saw the grim, dead end nature of hustling taking its…

  • Scream for Help

    Scream for Help

    Occasionally smart, deeply stupid, completely insane, and totally mesmerizing

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The scene that continues to reverberate through my mind is the abrupt flashback that implies Cliff murdered his wife. I think it’s the key to the film but every time I have a grasp on it, it slips through my fingers. It fundamentally alters the movie, recontexualizing what’s come before and charging what comes after. People around us laughed but it didn’t strike me as comedic. There’s this deeply embedded notion that, no matter how personal Tarantino claims his work…

  • Jackie Brown

    Jackie Brown

    • Tarantino, like PTA with Magnolia, made a young man’s old man film, an elegy to vinyl in the jewel case era. (Fitting that Max compromises with a cassette.) It’s somewhat self-fulfilling that a director making something about the difficulty of aging, of being a walking relic, would immediately retreat into the past — or pastiche — for the rest of his career. Reappraisal has hardened into consensus (on LB, anyway) but the trajectory his career would’ve taken had this…