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  • I'll Never Forget What's'isname

    I'll Never Forget What's'isname


    Everything about this screams "satire!" yet outside of a goofy Orson Welles supporting role I had trouble detecting any laughs.

    That right there is enough to sink this for me, but in the film's favor it is sometimes effective as a drama, makes some interesting attempts at stylishness, and stars Oliver Reed, who is always highly watchable.


  • Speed Racer

    Speed Racer


    It's appropriate that I recently rewatched Dick Tracy, as I could not get that movie out of my mind while watching Speed Racer. Both are kids movies that don't really feel aimed at kids, and both films feel like a weird accounting error where a major studio accidentally gave the filmmakers millions of dollars to spend on a weird formal experiment.

    Despite a dire screenplay and an outrageously bloated run time, I think I would have been more on Speed…

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  • Dick Tracy

    Dick Tracy


    I tend not to watch movies and shows I loved as a child, because most things aimed at children are terrible and children have terrible taste and these things are best left in the past. But it's been a real pleasure in my adult life to revisit Dick Tracy a couple times and find that I still sorta love it.

    Some of this must be because, marketing be damned, this isn't really a kids movie. It's a throwback to old…

  • The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography

    The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography


    Many of the things that I normally want from an Errol Morris documentary aren't really here, or only are in small amounts. However, it has arguably the most important element of his films in spades: intimacy with and insight into its subject, though possibly in ways more warm and emotionally generous than he's previously been. Morris clearly loves his subject, which comes across in every scene. Canonizations aren't typically my bag, but when they are done with this much skill,…