I'm conflicted about 'Hustle & Flow'. On the one hand, director Craig Brewer does a pretty fantastic job of immersing us in the world of these characters and the poorer parts of town during an unbearably warm Memphis summer. Brewer is a longtime Memphis resident, so that might have something to do with this. He crafts a movie that is almost always entertaining, and very committed to its main character and its themes of redemption on the face of impossibility.
It took a lot of people -myself included- way too long to realize that, out of the two Scott brothers, Tony was the more interesting auteur. While Ridley has made a career out of coasting on the goodwill of 'Alien' and 'Blade Runner', Tony was at the forefront of pushing a certain filmmaking style to its limits. And 'Domino' seems to be the culmination of said push.
If you thought Michael Bay movies couldn't be more chaotic and mindless, it's…
"There is no peace at the end of this"
Easily Spielberg's best since 'Schindler's List', and comfortably among his best period. I'm not a huge fan of the famous sex scene towards the end, but otherwise a sober and rather daring take on an incredibly delicate topic. You wouldn't expect Spielberg to be as neutral as he is here, but he proves to be a deeply humanist filmmaker.
He is also a master of his craft, and it shows in…