Civil War (2024)

    The torch of the Statue of Liberty is shown in close up, surrounded by sandbags and occupied by troops with combat gear and guns.

    Some quick thoughts that definitely contain spoilers on Civil War.

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    April 18, 2024

    Categories: Reviews

    We took our first electric road trip

    We took a trip down what might be the sketchiest corridor in the west for EV chargers and survived.

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    April 08, 2024
    Tags: death valley | ev | kia ev6

    Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

    A woman embraces a man from behind in a close-up of their faces as they stare toward the ground with a background of bright light.

    I am having a really hard time with this movie.

    I didn’t like it. I might come around on it over time, but that initial viewing and the ending somewhat made me cringe. The message felt like Barry was being rewarded with the girl he really wants just because he needs it. But he’s violent! He thrashed the bathroom in the restaurant with her out at the table waiting! He’s bad and need desperately to get himself some help!

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    March 27, 2024
    Tags: paul thomas anderson | adam sandler
    Categories: Reviews

    David Breashears

    I think this guy was a pretty big deal. Sad to see him gone so young.

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    March 21, 2024
    Tags: david brashears

    Brazil (1985)

    A man wearing wings jumps from a filing cabinet drawer that is open among an entire wall of filig cabinet drawers with pink and blue neon lighting-styled title spelling Brazil.

    A lot of 1984, a lot of Kafka, a real noir, and great. I really liked this.

    This movie came out when I was 10, and around that time I saw everything I could. We had a family friend who worked for a studio who could somehow call this megaplex in my town and get me and my friends in whenever I wanted. I think my parents were horrified, but I called all the time and she was always awesome and hooked me up.

    Anyway, I saw everything that a kid might find at all interesting in those days. I never even heard of Brazil. That’s obviously on me, especially since I never heard of the movie until last year. But let’s forget about all that.

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    March 09, 2024

    Categories: Reviews

    We bought an EV

    Man, it was only about an hour and a half between when I wrote that I wouldn’t be going anywhere last Saturday and when my day got really busy away from the house.

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    March 07, 2024
    Tags: kia ev6 | ev | electric

    Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

    Eyes stare at you while a set of arms is crossed in front, and many other sets of arms are crossed below in a show of solidarity.

    I was once again struck by the visuals in this movie. I had only ever seen it on a crappy DVD copy (or VHS before that) and remembered it as really dark and gritty and ugly. This time through is was dark and gritty and beautiful.

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    March 02, 2024
    Tags: george orwell | 1984
    Categories: Reviews

    We got a real storm

    A tree stands in the middle of a small yard, both covered in snow.
    My Catalpa tree, which stands as the subject of my many photos showing current conditions at my house. Photo by Ryan C. Jerz, March 2, 2024.

    This week saw a heavily-broadcast threat of a major winter storm in the Sierra and hitting the valley floor in Reno. It was real. We went to sleep last night with some snow coming down but not quite sticking and woke up to about six inches sticking on the ground. Everything underneath our patio was covered, suggesting the wind blew all night as well.

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    March 02, 2024
    Tags: snow

    I feel like I'm in my own personal Renaissance

    I have made it my mission to watch a lot of movies. I love them and wish I had spent more of my youth indulging in them, even though I did pretty well anyway. But now, at this point, I’m enjoying them more thoroughly than I ever did before. That’s partially due to being older, having more life experience, and being able to understand the movies I watch in ways I never could without those things.

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    The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982)

    A line art drawing shows one man dressed in traditional Mexican western attire being chased on horses by four men with guns.

    I came across this movie at a used bookstore while on the lookout for some movies that would fit in my collection. I picked this up and immediately held onto it because it was a western thing with that starred Edward James Olmos front and center. I expected action and a solid story. What I got was a tremendously moving and sad tale of what amounts to just plain old racism making one man’s life hell.

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    February 05, 2024
    Tags: criterion collection | racism | texas
    Categories: Reviews