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  • In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place

    ★★★★

    Quite spectacular how the movie starts out with a familiar witty Humphrey Bogart with lots of winky meta jokes about screen writing only to turn darker. At first just a few jabs about his cynical indifference that is also a staple of his Spades and Marlowes and then all of a sudden that really disturbing scene where he gets a bit too gleefully invested in a story of murder. After that the comedy has turned into a paranoid thriller.

    It's…

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    I guess by now they have figured out that they can't recapture the exhilarating matinee adventures of Gore Verbinski, so they just stopped trying. This starts out like the embarrassing Black Sails pilot and goes on to get murkier while keeping the dialogue at the same low level. There used to be some level of charm or finesse about the innuendos and double entendres in the series, but now it's less subtle than porn dialogue.

    It's hard to care about…

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  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★½

    I don't understand how the Coens manage to make stories that appear cynically dark but infusing them with a warmth and humor. This story of a singer-songwriter with a romanticized self-image is a hilarious tribute to struggling artists and the way they can sabotage themselves. Llewyn Davis writes nonsensical lyrics as he hasn't lived anything to write about, since that would cramp his artistic style and not let him live. This type of warped self-image is standard for the Coens…

  • 3-Iron

    3-Iron

    ★★★★½

    The first time I watched this movie I enjoyed it but wasn't blown away. I think I was expecting something more surreal after loving Dream (Bi-mong). This time around I was struck by how similar those movies are, and I'm a bit surprised I didn't appreciate it more before.

    The gradual introduction to the protagonists' world says enough about the whole movie. You get an image of the male character looking for something that he doesn't have, and then you…