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  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    ★★★★

    "Give it up for Kwan-yi on guitar!!"
    "......Give it up, Kwan-yi"

    This is what "La La Land" made me think of when I thought what makes a good musical. Possibly because the influences are Bowie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop, not Kelly and Astaire. The picture of Hedwig wrestling a Frampton album out of Tommy's hand; that sort of attitude. John Cameron Mitchell is a star. Where'd he go?

  • Misconduct

    Misconduct

    99p fodder on iTunes but 99p for Pacino and Hopkins, who only get a scene or two together seems reasonable. So I'm the sucker what rented it! Like Jay Z said, its only worth half a line.

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Looking for Charlie Parker.

    Astonishing. Pitch perfect.

    The extraordinary ability to communicate musical obsession but also the power and perfection of a musical form like jazz. To do this in a second art form is remarkable. Using the language of cinema to transmit the beauty of music is what stuns me about this film. It would be enough to embrace the technicalities of jazz but to compose an expression in film form is the directors gift and achievement.

    Don't you…

  • Raw Deal

    Raw Deal

    ★★★★½

    So here's how you incorporate some of that ineffable visual poetry into a b-movie à la Moonrise, and still keep the engines of hell chugging along. The deadweight of a small moon (that's no moon) settles onto your shoulders and pins you. "Ominous" is the word of the day. Raymond Burr does something with the villain akin to a Shakespearean cad, just a lot more vicious. Always with two or three intentions to every action. He isn't the only shining…