buckett

idiot who likes nearly everything; coward afraid to commit to over 4 stars.

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  • Ace in the Hole

    Ace in the Hole

    ★★★★½

    "Bad news sells best. Good news is no news."

    Journalists, amirite? Carried entirely by an absolutely massive Kirk Douglas performance, furiously single-minded in his search for the Big Story, a slimy dickhead who only gains self-awareness after it's way too late.

    Wilder really made a movie in 1951 that taps into my current feelings on the bottomless 24/7 news cycle, doomscrolling Twitter reading awful story after awful story, people exploiting recent tragedies to push hashtags and hawk merch, etc. My favorite Wilder so far, by a wide margin.

  • Blue Collar

    Blue Collar

    ★★★★½

    "If I gotta kiss ass, then I'm gonna pick the ass I gotta kiss."

    Starts off as a thoroughly entertaining heist-gone-wrong and slowly morphs into something way more interesting. Kotto, Keittel, and especially Pryor are all phenomenal as decent auto factory men who can never make quite enough, that relatable feeling where "the more you make, the less it's worth."

    Schrader is decidedly pro-labor here, but wary of unions as just yet another mechanism to keep the working class at…

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  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    Cléo from 5 to 7

    ★★★★

    In the 90 real-time minutes we follow Cleo as she wrestles with the pending results of a biopsy, it's remarkable how much life Varda fits in with things never feeling rushed. All the seemingly mundane moments contain painful reminders: of the things she might leave behind, of world events that dwarf her struggles, of the cycle of life and death in general. But small, sublime moments cut through and allowed Cleo (and me) to forget: a song, a short film, a chance, pleasant interaction. A pleasant and romantic reminder that existentialism doesn't have to be bleak and dreary.

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★½

    "It's good to remind yourself that the world's larger than the inside of your own head."

    One thing that isn't mentioned much about real depression is how an unfortunate side effect of it can be solipsism, or even narcissism. Daily life and interactions are so banal and painful that it's easiest to shrink the world down to the smallest possible size, the voice in your own head.

    These ideas are explored more effectively I think in his other movies. For…