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  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★½

    Not as great as it's precursor - biggest issue here for me was Woody Harrelson's performance which was like 70% Brando's Kurtz, 30% Duvall's Kilgore and felt fully phoned in. Not as many dynamic action sequences either -- the moral dilemma outlined by Harrelson was good tho and the conclusive battle is definitely the sort of thing I like. Good but not great. Score felt weirdly influenced by Hermann's Taxi Driver and ending shot looked like it was out of…

  • Logan Lucky

    Logan Lucky

    ★★★★

    Soderbergh usually knows how these things tick and how to make them go off.
    Def enjoyed all the performances. Feel like it was my first time really reveling in Dwight Yoakam - and Daniel Craig pull it off just fine. Actually this movie made me enjoy Adam Driver too. Bumping up the rating...

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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.

  • …And the Fifth Horseman Is Fear

    …And the Fifth Horseman Is Fear

    ★★★★

    Kafka-esque narrative of oppression, sacrifice and heroism.
    Not quite convinced it was during the holocaust, but more like some alternate contemporary reality where the nazis had won (a la The Man in the High Castle)

    Probably most notable for the cinematography that varied between beautiful composed static mise-en-scene and incredibly choreographed moving camera that reminds one of Miklos Jancso or Fellini, with perfectly timed combination of tracking shots, pans, tilts and refocuses creating a dynamic sense of visual rhythm that…