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  • Multiplicity

    Multiplicity

    ★½

    Well, that was disappointing.

    It's a film Harold Ramis directly a little after Groundhog Day. Both films feature Andie McDowell as the female lead and both have a guy experience an impossible situation in order to become a better person. That ends the similarities. Imagine if Groundhog Day was a badly flawed film that didn't even begin to engage with its own possibilities and you'll have a taste of what Multiplicity is. It's not a very good taste.

    First off,…

  • The Firemen's Ball

    The Firemen's Ball

    ★★

    I wouldn't have pegged Milos Forman as a director of a cringe comedy - but whadaya know - he made a cringe comedy.

    It really ain't my bag.

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  • Ninotchka

    Ninotchka

    ★★★★

    A film of very impressive strengths: the cast is wonderful, it's very funny, and in particular the first half-hour is brilliant.

    But it also has its problems. The romance shifts from sparring to love too damn rapidly, some of the political talk is stodgy, and it goes on far too long.

    Parts of the film deserve 5/5 stars. Parts deserve 3/5. So I give it 4/5, but I like it more than most films in that bracket.

  • Goya's Ghosts

    Goya's Ghosts

    ★★★★

    I wanted to watch this flick for one reason: Milos Forman directed it. (In fact, it's his last film).

    Cukoo's Nest is on my short list of all-time favorites. Amadeus might be the best biopic ever. Ragtime is sorely underrated. Larry Flynt was really good. And Man on the Moon --- well, did I mention his other films are really good? He's an all-time great at getting performances out of his actors.

    Goya's Ghosts? It's not up there with his…