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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★

    "Blade Runner 2049 is just too clean for its own good. Villeneuve and cinematographer wunderkind Roger Deakins (True Grit) compose some of their most beautiful work given the money funneled into the project. The vast city of LA is a never-ending labyrinth of mist-hued advertisements and crude megastructures. But to me, everything seems so over composed. When every image is a textbook definition of semiotic perfection, where’s the grit? Where’s the hardened edges of the frame that reveal themselves in…

  • Logan Lucky

    Logan Lucky

    ★★★★

    "People make jokes about Soderbergh’s most widely-known films ending up on a constant loop on network TV stations like TNT and USA, but I think those jokes scratch at the surface of a deeper truth as to why his films often air on those stations. Ocean’s Eleven and its two sequels are easily accessible on a narrative level and have the feel of an airport novel. While they may not stick in your head for long after finishing them, you’ll…

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  • Tammy

    Tammy

    ½

    Melissa McCarthy dancing to Macklemore's THRIFT SHOP with a paper bag on her head before she robs a fast food restaurant is the most American scene in cinema this year.

  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★½

    "If you end up seeing this, pay attention to the disparity between that amusement park and the drab apartment building the story fills the final act with. The Safdies are the rare example that use 2:35 widescreen for all its worth, filling the frame not necessarily with things serving the story at the moment but things serving their off-kilter sense of reality."

    The rest of my GOOD TIME review for Substream Magazine can be found here.