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  • The Mack

    The Mack

    ★★½

    The kind of film you just have to accept on its own terms. Like a lot of movies of its ilk (blaxploitation, grindhouse or drive-in), the pacing feels way off even with something bugnuts happening every fifteen minutes or so.

  • American Made

    American Made

    ★★★

    Familiar story, well told. There's a lot of energy to this picture, but Tom Cruise's off-screen persona has kind of ruined him for this type of role in my opinion. Not all the beats hit but they go by so fast it's hard to notice.

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  • Funny People

    Funny People

    ★★★

    First time rewatching this since 2009. Doesn't hold up quite as well as remembered so I knocked it down half a star.  The movie's best quality is also its worst -- it's just too much. Too many plots, too many characters... This should have been a ten hour HBO series. In fact, Judd Apatow has addressed a lot of these same themes across the various shows he's produced over the last few years (Girls, Love, Crashing).

    Still, it's an interesting watch. The dick jokes get tired after the first hour.

  • Velvet Goldmine

    Velvet Goldmine

    ★★½

    Fantastic soundtrack but overall I wasn't feeling it.