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  • Eyes Wide Shut
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  • Survive and Advance

    ★★★★

  • Smiley Face

    ★★★

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  • Ishtar

    Ishtar

    Talkhouse was kind enough to let me share my thoughts on Ishtar and the punk Elaine May! 🤟🏻 💘 🤟🏻

    Fellow Letterbox-heads, check out the piece and, whatever you do...do not watch Ishtar!

    Long live Elaine May!

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★★

    Da 5 Bloods is a genre-bending, psychedelic exploration of the living casualties of war. In Lee's masterful strokes, he doesn't shy from filling his frames with annotations to the war genre, from Fuller to Coppola to Huston. Think Apocalypse Later.

    If I had to describe it to someone, it's like The Act of Killing meets The Treasure of Sierra Madre meets Last Flag Flying. Yes, that's a wide net of references - and some admonish Lee for even attempting the…

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  • Survive and Advance

    Survive and Advance

    ★★★★

    There are three things we all should do every day. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy.

    Jim Valvano said that just 2 months before he died of cancer, broadcast live at the ESPYs after telling the Producers to go fuck themselves for trying to cut his speech short so…

  • Smiley Face

    Smiley Face

    ★★★

    What could be the only female-led stoner comedy is made charming by Anna Faris’ completely committed portrayal as Jane, the indebted California pothead.

    Many Easter egg moments that justify its genre (something David Gordon Green never quite understood with his stoned entry), from the three little pigs references that infer the importance of labour  to the armchair Marxism introduced the first time we see Jane with a red star on her laptop.

    There is much at play surrounding the morality…

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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★½

    Remember growing up, the kid in the class who was the loudest, the one that would remind you that he was listening to “Loft Music” before House of Balloons even dropped, the one that liked Adam Sandler ironically, the one that came into class with the Air Jordans XX2s that their dad bought them but boasted how “he stole them from the back of a truck”?

    Uncut Gems is kind of like that kid. Its relentlessness makes sure you know just…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    Oh, this is one of those "the more you watch it, the more disturbing layers reveal themselves" films...

    Watched it with mum this time around who asked me about my knowledge of James Stacy. Conversation went something like..

    "Mark, why'd you think Tarantino put that close-up of James Stacy riding his Motorcycle off the lot?"

    "I don't know, aesthetic flare, trivial insert Tarantino style?"

    "Well, didn't a drunk driver hit James Stacey on his motorcycle, killing his girlfriend?"

    Ahhh, a…