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  • Training Day

    Training Day

    ★★★★

    Training Day feels like a studio film from the early 2000s. It has the showy camerawork, the semi-fake looking sets, and a (good) by-the-numbers script. It has its laughable moments in how committed it is to proving it knows the people on the streets of Los Angeles, packing in everything a cop on the streets might witness in a lifetime into a single day. It’s hilariously exaggerated, but I’m willing to accept that’s all part of the ride. What really…

  • Vice

    Vice

    ★★★½

    Yep. Reassessing Vice, I came to the same conclusion. It’s a mixed bag, many parts very good and a few parts pretty poor. The biggest offenders are editing (lots of problems with coverage, it seems) and a compelling story. Sure, the information is all there, but where’s the emotion? I don’t feel much watching this aside from amusement, nothing in the narrative even knocks on the door of emotionality. The Big Short is very similar in this regard; it’s all…

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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    Tom Cruise yelling “SHIT” in the middle of that helicopter chase is somehow the realest thing I’ve ever seen in a blockbuster.

  • The Number of Completion

    The Number of Completion

    These supplementary short documentaries on the making of Twin Peaks: The Return are wonderful. Essential viewing for anyone who made it through this brilliant series. 

    There isn’t any sort of structure to these, it’s an unfiltered making-of piece featuring Lynch giving direction to his cast and crew and trying to string this whole show together. Tons of insight on directing, acting, and various duties of crew members and it never shies away from Lynch getting a little peeved, which makes it feel like we’re really getting everything. I watched four tonight, can’t wait to watch the other six.