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  • The Exile

    The Exile

    ★★★★½

    Lots and lots and lots of fun - more fun than I knew Ophuls could have - with what turned out to be his greatest Hollywood collaborator Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
    Lots in here that makes an Ophuls film work and lots that makes a studio film work.
    The ending was a bit anticlimactic and dragged and there's a bit too much exposition/drag in the middle
    But when it sings it zings and that was the majority of the flick.

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    ★★★★

    Undeniably powerful mood piece and meditation on the shiftiness of families and the desire to be self destructive.
    Betrays the balance of intimacy and goofiness in the TV show for pure horror. Miles better than Lost Highway and good prep for Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire. 
    Prob interesting as a double feature with Wild at Heart altho I don't have the headspace to compare the two rn

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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.