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  • The Daytrippers

    The Daytrippers

    ★★★★

    A Proto-Little Miss Sunshine: unseen micro-budget family van ride story. Everyone’s idiosyncrasies and flaws comedically on display, subtle holiday feel goods of Seinfeld relatability.

    Highlight is Liev Schrieber playing “smartest guy in the room” writer-type who loves indulging about his Kafkaesque novel and aristocracy. Parker Posey plays mostly blasé cool Posey (I’m not complaining) who chain smokes and has a weakness for said intellectual writer types (raises hand), and Hope Davis as adorable older sister tracking down her husband in a…

  • In the Cold of the Night

    In the Cold of the Night

    ★★★★½

    Did someone say... saxy sax? Y’all can keep your The Room as I lay entranced by inverted early nineties erotic thrillers and airbrushed Cali boardwalk beaches. Clearly a humanoid’s viewpoint of American culture — one that, for obvious reasons, means we most notably love babes and pizza. Underlying stings on the male fantasy in a neo-technoir playground perfect for a night of sexy brain melting. Visions of hazy FMV murder and a beautiful woman haunting our dreams in the brightest…

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  • Oasis

    Oasis

    ★★★★

    Oasis is an objectively important piece of cinema, a linchpin in Korean film, and its intention of producing sadness within the conventions of family drama is always pulling your heart deeper into depravity while providing touches of sincere poetry. I don't believe that all art should be happy or escapist, that in and of itself explores all facets of the human experience. Where art transcends the self-anguish is when it hits upon an angle we've never considered or looked at…

  • Alien from L.A.

    Alien from L.A.

    ★★★★

    Exactly what I imagine the outside of Wendy's window in Dust Devil to look like: spacey synths pulsating over Terry Gilliam's eighties dystopia where middle-class work is enslavement, TV monitor wallpaper echoing Big Brother messaging through the cityscape, bright neons seeping through blinds like a noir lite. Its influences are clearly present, but never rehashed, and always feels like a cohesion of unique ideas -- more than I can say about a lot of ozploitation. The reason this is so disregarded…

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  • Palo Alto

    Palo Alto

    ★★★★

    A Coppola family tradition of vaporwave sunsets and lost, despondent characters is perfectly suited for the dazy California zoomer perspective. Children dealing with the remnants of independant and self-absorbed millennial parents who act more like fellow children than guiding adults -- Val Kilmer strangely at-home as pot smoking, liberal Xbox fan who hides out in the den offering sparks of moral support from the bong. Tells the interweaving story of a group of teenagers and like any story of its…

  • The Brain

    The Brain

    ★★★★★

    Do you feel you watch the same movies over and over and over again without any sense of fulfillment? Do you feel as if you’re on a neverending quest to overcome your human limitations towards knowledge and morality? Are teenagers today influenced by the media they consume to evoke violence, hate, sexual activities? Let Independent Thinking help you on your journey to intellectual fulfillment...  

    The Brain is an eighties movie about the eighties. With televangelist Dr. Anthony Blakely (played…