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  • Mistress America

    Mistress America 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Sep, 2015

    Wondering with some displeasure if maybe the Gerwig/Baumbach braintrust is on balance less than favorable to Gerwig's loopy strengths, given the lingering fumes of lame duck WHILE WE'RE YOUNG, which I have close to zero fondness for, and the similarly creaky middle-aged manhattaner malaise motifs which manifest here. Still, even if FRANCES HA ends up an outlier for both, I was once again often the only person cackling madly in the theater at this one, so that's a good sign.

  • Everyone Says I Love You

    Everyone Says I Love You 1996

    ★★★ Rewatched 17 Mar, 2015

    Most of this is dreck, but I give it another spin every few years, wanting to love it more. If Woody had made this as a short and left in just the last 25 minutes or so (Paris, his dance with Goldie, the Groucho stuff,) it would absolutely be on par with his NEW YORK STORIES segment. As it stands, possibly the least camera movement or palpable exuberance of any modern musical. Some of those numbers are just awfully designed and choreographed.

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  • Argo

    Argo 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Nov, 2012

    GAFFE SQUAD: At the Canadian Embassy, there is an insert shot of a needle dropping on the *middle* of a record, and then Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks" plays over the scene. In fact, that song is the last song on the record, so the needle should have been dropped further toward the center of the record. GOTCHA AFFLECK!!!

  • Smoke

    Smoke 1995

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 28 Jul, 2013 2

    Laid back 90's Miramax anything-goes-ness. Written by Paul Auster. Tom Waits songs. Keitel. William Hurt whisper-talking. Stockard Channing in an eye patch. Smoking, talking. Dog Day, Spike Lee, This. New York on film beats the ever-living shit out of actually being in New York. One of my favorite endings of any film.