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Favorite films

  • Amadeus
  • The Fabulous Baron Munchausen
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • Brazil

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  • Mary and Max

    ★★½

  • The Big Lebowski

    ★★★½

  • Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All Time - Vol. 1: Midnight Madness

    ★★★

  • Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten

    ★★★

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★½

    If every planet had a desert
    With giant nematodes
    Then everybody'd be worm-surfin'
    Like Fremen commandos
    You'd see 'em wearin' their stillsuits
    Plantin' thumpers too
    Bene Bene Gesserit hairdos
    Surfin' Arrakis...hey!

    You'd catch 'em worm-surfin on Kaitain
    [Inside, outside, Arrakeen]
    and on Geidi Prime
    [Inside, outside, Arrakeen]
    Machine worlds Ix and Richese
    [Inside, outside, Arrakeen]
    Tleilax doesn't rhyme
    [Inside, outside, Arrakeen]
    All over Lampadas
    And down Caladan way

    Everybody's worm-surfin'
    Surfin' Arrakis..hey!

    We'll all be planning out a route
    And…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    I want to murder a lighthouse wickie
    And bury him next to me
    I want to slaughter a lighthouse wickie
    Right by the side of the sea
    He'll polish his knob with a cry of glee
    A scrimshaw mermaid on his knee
    I want to butcher a lighthouse wickie
    Won't that be okay?

    We'll find a head in the old cistern
    Drink turpentine by the shore
    We'll invite the mighty Kraken in
    And one-eyed seagulls by the score

    I dream…

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  • Mary and Max

    Mary and Max

    ★★½

    A film which defies easy categorization and simplistic interpretations, that had me swinging wildly between a one-star and five-star rating during it's runtime. On the 5-star side, the stop-action animation is absolutely stellar and the characterizations are superlative.

    On the flipside, the story is far too rote and predictable, especially when it takes the easy suicide route. And as a father with a son who falls within the Asperger's spectrum, the depiction of Max's character seems far too pat and…

  • The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski

    ★★★½

    While it's far too self-consciously quirky to ever be considered a true cult film, this still has undeniable elements of the cult nature.

    The Coen Bros apparently set out to reinterpret classic 1940's noir as experienced through the lens of a SoCal stoner who possesses a wardrobe comprised exclusively of raggedy bathrobes, boxer shorts and Huarache sandals, incessantly consumes White Russians, and hangs out with a trigger-happy, pseudo-philosophizing Vietnam vet and a blank-slate bowler buddy named Donnie who winds up…

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  • Harold and Maude

    Harold and Maude

    ★★½

    I get why this film resonates so much with a specific demographic of nostalgic old hippies, and aging baby-boomers who feel creatively stifled by their careers, but its central message of tuning in, turning on, and dropping out was a tad outdated even when it was originally released, and it certainly hasn't aged like a fine wine since.

    But what really chaps my ass are the 1-dimensional strawmen authority figures that director Hal Ashby sets up as Harold's obstacles on…

  • The Brain That Wouldn't Die

    The Brain That Wouldn't Die

    [morrissey]
    ♪ Girlfriend with no body
    I know, I know
    It's serious ♪
    [/morrissey]