It's pretty good in some parts mainly through Foxx's and Kerry Washington's performances, but it jumps head first into a lot of biopic cliches and its attempts at creating its own unique style just felt half-assed. Besides that the production itself looks really spiffy with all the period costuming and sets and the music is cool of course. It's one of those movies that is probably best seen on TV while you're doing something else.
Also for real what editor in the world thinks a fade to black transition is a good idea?
Wag the Dog basically amounts to a much more lighthearted version of 1984 from the point of view of Big Brother, as a plan to cover up a presidential sex scandal soon balloons to earning a potential peace prize for ending a war that never existed. Hoffman and De Niro both have good chemistry together as sorta partners in crime though Hoffman outshines De Niro easily as a Robert Evans type producer. The movie runs pretty tight and clever, as…
Men in Black stands out as a great franchise starting film that does it all with such simplicity. The world-building here is just fantastically done as you're never questioning the film's lineup of aliens or the methods that go about tracking them. This is all thanks to the 1990's answer to the 1980's Tom Hanks, Will Smith, who gives you plenty of charisma as you learn about the world of Men in Black as he does.
While just from the…
With The People vs. Larry Flynt being my third film into Milos Forman's so far excellent filmography I've found a similar threads throughout his works, primarily in his protagonists' desire to question and change and push the envelope of the worlds around them. With Jack McMurphy in Cuckoo's Nest he was pushing the insane asylum to its limit, and in Man on the Moon Andy Kaufman was taking comedy and entertainment above and beyond where people thought it could go.…