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  • The Tales of Hoffmann

    The Tales of Hoffmann 1951

    ★★★★★ Watched 24 May, 2015

    Now this? This is incredible. This is movie magic.

  • The Sea of Trees

    The Sea of Trees 2015

    ★★ Watched 24 May, 2015 1

    thoughts on the screenplay

    Chris Sparling's script was cited most often in reviews as 'Sea of Trees' biggest fault. Reading a draft from 2013, I can see both why the movie was made, but why the vitrol was necessary.

    Yes, the movie's third act twist was bad. In fact, a lot of the script is bad. There's just too many tropes in here that fail to make the script unique. Sparling occasionally has moments of tenderness that played beautifully in…

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  • L.A. Confidential

    L.A. Confidential 1997

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Dec, 2012 1

    Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential is a jazzy crime drama that pays homage to film-noir that preceeded, namely Chinatown.

    The performances are memorable, and each character is interesting enough to make you anticipate their next appearance. In my eye, Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger were standouts as a man-beating detective and a prostitute that looks like Veronica Lake.

    I'm going to keep the plot very... hush-hush. This is a film for you to discover for yourself.

  • Mean Streets

    Mean Streets 1973

    ★★★★★ Watched 22 Aug, 2013 1

    Of all the character's in Martin Scorsese's first masterpiece Mean Streets, the most important is the streets of Little Italy. The streets are not mean, they are made mean by the greedy hoodlums that reside on such roads. De Niro steals the show as a debt-heavy, trigger-happy hoodlum Jonny Boy. Harvey Kietel's duty as a conflicted man between mob and religion is good too. Scorsese's use of familiar locations, color, and music work beautifully. It's a wonderful precursor to GoodFellas.

    Maybe someday I will watch this and GoodFellas back-to-back. That wouldn't be bad.

    EDIT: My grammar here blows. Oh well.