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  • The Firemen's Ball

    The Firemen's Ball

    ★★★★

    One of the wonderful event chamber pieces in cinema history. A flawed, pathetic set of human miscreants, set loose.

  • The Band Wagon

    The Band Wagon

    ★★★★

    Enough memorable numbers to make it fun and a good lesson in being yourself and dismissing pretentious hogwash. Very clearly trying to cash in on the aftermath of Singin’ in the Rain’s glorious success. Obviously doesn’t get there but good enough for me. Fred and Cyd are great in it and the supporting cast two. Enjoyed the minor subplot of conflict that the writing couple goes thru.

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  • Assholes

    Assholes

    ★★★★½

    Went in feeling extremely skeptical and came out a big time believer. This film is much closer to the Czech new wave than "mumblecore" - expounding on ideas of love and disgust with a visual language that cannot and will not be denied. Every shot has a distinct idea behind it, every plot point is either funny or disarming. Understanding that visualizing disease and sores in the context of romance and sex is still quite transgressive, gives the movie an…

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★½

    Terrible all the way around. Casting/performances uniformally bad. 70s details stale and off. Writing tired and unfunny. Action scenes edited more like their contemporaries which means fast cuts and very little choreography/blocking. Just a tedious slog. Only decent performance was from Russell Crowe. How do you cast Keith David and underutilize him? Clearly Shane Black thought he was making his Chinatown (a movie about 70s LA conspiracy made in 2016) but can you imagine anything more stale than a porn cover up plot in a period noir piece? Give me a break! There were a few funny lines - that's it.