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  • Paprika

    Paprika

    ★★★★½

    More than any other "Happy Hooker" movie I've seen - this has a sense of visual style and a literary concept of melodrama and fortune which reveals a master filmmaker in top form. I didn't really know Tinto Brass was such a master filmmaker, but based on this viewing (an accidental download - as fate would have it / I'm sure you can imagine) I'm itching to devour the rest of his ouevre. There's a Verhoevian delight in a cruel…

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★½

    Non stop cringeworthy "stylized" dialogue is overcome by Wright's aggressively assured cinematic hand. Well paced and impressive driving sequences work well and are able to save the lead's forgettable-ish performance. Cloying sentimentality would work better if the hard-boiled heist elements of the movie were more credible. More or less enjoying watching - a breezy two hours but could have been great instead of just serviceable

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  • 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.

  • Breaking News

    Breaking News

    ★★★★

    Great tone shifts
    Amazing opening long single take with wonderful blocking etc
    (Sidenote: Johnny To + HK cinema must have  a few studio streets where they always stage their urban gunfights)
    Unlike other I am a fan of the music and the moments of sentiment
    The media angle is potentially underdeveloped but still creates an interesting veneer over the genre proceedings without ever fully taking over
    Performances good as well here
    Setting up certain romantic throughline creative another layer of tension I enjoyed