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When standup comic Clarence “Coodie” Simmons crossed paths with a rising music producer named Kanye West at Jermaine Dupri’s birthday party in 1998, he was so profoundly inspired by the 21-year-old’s talent and sheer force of will that he decided to quit his beloved Chicago public access show “Channel Zero” and follow this fire-breathing local visionary east to New York. Simmons’ plan was to make a documentary about West’s journey from Chicago’s South Side to the North Pole of the…
I suppose there are some people who might have an allergic reaction to the comfortably uncool movies of Cooper Raiff — some people who might stiffen up whenever his low-key indie charmers offer a supportive hug and remind you that we’re all just doing our best — but every life-sized beat of the 24-year-old’s first two features has struck me as wry and true in a way that makes the stories around them feel all the more honest for their…
Marvel is so good at getting people to do things for money in a way that reads like love.
there's some very cutesy stuff here (most of it an ominous, logical continuation of the content snake eating its own tail), CGI New York City is a really a Character Unto Itself lolol, and Jon Watts is now unquestionably the worst director to ever make a Spider-Man movie.
also, not a spoiler, lol at Pete and his friends for simply *assuming* they'd all get into MIT. a very cool premise for a $250 million movie.