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  • Nobody

    Nobody

    ★★★

    Depending on your interpretation of events, it could be said that I drove 3000 miles to see a movie in a movie theater in my birthday, and this was the movie. It's fine; a better version of John Wick but with a lot of the same problems (one plus: a lead actor who can act). Not really worth a 3000-mile drive, but an OK rest-stop in the middle of one.

  • In Cold Blood

    In Cold Blood

    ★★★★

    The “New Hollywood” era is usually thought of as a series of formal and narrative changes brought on by an influx of young directors — the French New Wave channeled through 1960s counter-culture — as the controlling studio system collapsed. But it wasn’t always young upstarts at the vanguard. Richard Brooks was in his mid-50s when he directed IN COLD BLOOD (1967), after more than a decade of racking up Oscar nominations within the studio system as the writer/director of…

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  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    I simply didn't care. Great acting, particularly by Ed Norton and Emma Stone. Early on Stone's character lets loose with an eviscerating speech that summed up my feelings exactly. Then it kept going for over an hour.

  • Sin City

    Sin City

    ½

    This movie is almost a perfect vortex of things I don't like: style over substance, precious film noir homage, relentless recycling of cliches, hyper-overprocessd visuals making live action look like a cartoon, the "story"-telling of Robert Rodriguez, soulless action, comic books...

    This was a staggeringly artful complete miss, and I'm kind of impressed by it. There wasn't a single moment that interested me. Some of the visuals were neat, but none gave it any value, and I found it tedious throughout, despite generally liking most of the actors (when did Mickey Rourke turn into a 'roided-up Robert Stack?).