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Z To A: The Hangover (2009)

(Z To A is an ongoing series: cumulative reviews of my DVD collection in reverse alphabetical order.) Plot Synopsis: They planned a Vegas bachelor party that they would never forget. Now they really need to remember what exactly went down! Whose baby is in the closet of their Caesars Palace suite? How did a tiger … Continue reading

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Z To A: Harold and Maude (1971)

(Z To A is an ongoing series: cumulative reviews of my DVD collection in reverse alphabetical order.) Plot Synopsis: Bud Cort is Harold, a young man bored with wealth but interested in death. And Ruth Gordon is Maude, a wonderful old rascal who can see nothing but good intentions in the world. An outrageously funny … Continue reading

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And The Film Just Goes On Forever: 5 Of My Favorite Film Endings

If you think about it, most film endings are usually far from memorable. In some cases they’re insignificant, in others they’re cliche and expected: the lovers reuniting in a public place and embracing; a crane shot pulling back from a disaster area with ambulances. Everything is tied up neatly with a nice little bow or … Continue reading

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Z To A: Hot Rod (2007)

(Z To A is an ongoing series: cumulative reviews of my DVD collection in reverse alphabetical order.) Plot Synopsis: Rod has never landed a jump without wiping out. His family and friends think he’s a joke. And, to top it off, his stepfather Frank uses him as his own personal punching bag. But he’s not … Continue reading

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Z To A: Inglourious Basterds (2009)

(Z To A is an ongoing series: cumulative reviews of my DVD collection in reverse alphabetical order.) Plot Synopsis: Brad Pitt takes no prisoners in Quentin Tarantino’s high-octane WWII revenge fantasy, Inglourious Basterds. As war rages in Europe, a Nazi-scalping squad of American Soldiers, known to their enemy as “The Basterds,” are on a daring … Continue reading

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Kids & Reinterpretation: An April Mixtape

I was recently asked if I had any interest or faith in artists younger than me. I had just made the comment, “Man, I’m realizing that the people I really cared about as a kid are getting older. It’s strange to realize that.” Fortunately they aren’t the only people I pay attention to. Here is … Continue reading

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Z To A: Innocence (2004)

(Z To A is an ongoing series: cumulative reviews of my DVD collection in reverse alphabetical order.) Plot Synopsis: Gushing water.  Subterranean rumbling.  Sun-dappled green vistas behind huge stone walls.  So begins “Innocence,” a fascinating fable about a mysterious boarding school for girls, where one arrives by coffin to an enclosed, highly regimented universe of … Continue reading

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Hands Off The Remote: 7 TV Intros I Don’t Mind Repeat-Watching

Watch a TV show’s intro once and that might do it for you, or at the very least you can watch it occasionally, averaging seven days in between viewings. I guess it’s also a time to zone out or get comfortable before the show begins. However, most of us skip a show’s intro when we … Continue reading

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I’ve Been Thinking A Lot About Dying Lately: A February Mixtape

(Photograph by Nicolas Guerin & Desmond Muckian, November 2012. ) “We’re all hurtling towards death, yet here we are for the moment, alive.” – Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Synecdoche, New York (2008) February is a month to be grateful, a reminder to take your losses with your gains. For my part I’m simply glad … Continue reading

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Z To A: Irréversible (2002)

(Z To A is an ongoing series: cumulative reviews of my DVD collection in reverse alphabetical order.) Plot Synopsis: Alex (Monica Bellucci) and Marcus (Vincent Cassel) are a couple whose story is told over the course of a fateful day. The odyssey begins with a brutal killing then unspools in reverse to reveal the horrifying … Continue reading

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