aklingus

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I’m just this guy, you know? Opinions mine and mine alone, gotta always have that in my bio.

Favorite films

  • Dazed and Confused
  • The French Connection
  • The Social Network
  • His Girl Friday

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  • Drive-Away Dolls

    ★★★½

  • A Day at the Races

    ★★★½

  • JFK

    ★★★★½

  • Steal Wool

    ★★★★

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  • The Beginning: Making 'Episode I'

    The Beginning: Making 'Episode I'

    ★★★★

    If nothing else, the fact that this came out tells you George Lucas really doesn’t have an ego, because it’s hard to think of too many directors that would sign off on this brutally candid a look into the filmmaking process, especially the modern filmmaking process. Watching this slow motion disaster unfold, watching Lucas make every wrong creative choice, or him muttering about how blatantly aping the original trilogy is like poetry, or the stunned faces at the end of…

  • The Hangover

    The Hangover

    ★★½

    Because I have nothing to say about this movie I loved in 2009 and don’t care about now, here’s one of the 2 or 3 interesting stories about my life. In 2010 I was staying at my aunt’s house in Las Vegas when Scott Pilgrim vs The World came out, and I was so knocked out by it that I saw it on consecutive days (the only time I’ve done that, although I’ve seen movies twice in a week before).…

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  • Drive-Away Dolls

    Drive-Away Dolls

    ★★★½

    More sweet than funny and it felt like it actually should’ve been 90 minutes instead of 84, but it’s definitely sweet and Qualley has charm for days, plus there’s just enough mordant humor to remind us that one of the Coens was behind this. Had a wry smile at the Phish joke, with the follow up joyful realization that setting this in the winter of 1999 meant that someone actually paid attention to when Phish played Philly that year. The twist of what’s in the briefcase is certainly a lot of fun, I’ll say that. “Will no one save Curlie?” got me to laugh pretty hard.

  • A Day at the Races

    A Day at the Races

    ★★★½

    The second MGM picture featuring three of our four favorite rude boys, and you can already see the steep downward decline of their later flicks, as there’s way too much plot and not nearly enough anarchic goofs and jokearounds and the musical sequences feel like they last about 40 years. Even the fabled “Tootsie Frootsie Ice Cream” sketch is not as funny as some of their other great setpieces, and runs a bit too long on top. That all said,…

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  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    Buhhh. 200 million dollars and we got:

    1. A movie with brutally bad special effects - those memed scenes were par for the course in terms of how this movie looks

    2. A movie at least 45 minutes longer than it should have been, paced absolutely atrociously, that sags like a twenty-five year old mattress halfway through

    3. Acting that ranges from “acceptable” (Chris Pine) to “truly atrocious” (Gadot, who truly acts like every movie is her first one)

    4.…

  • The Beatles: Get Back

    The Beatles: Get Back

    ★★★★★

    I mean, look at my avatar again and tell me you were expecting another rating besides this one. Some thoughts:

    1. The big issue folks seem to have is the digital manipulation of the footage (eg the Smooth Ringo meme), and while it was maybe a bit too clean at times, the people on screen were miles away from the “wax figures” some grumpier folks compared them to, and the coloration absolutely pops off the screen in comparison to the…