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  • Vengeance

    Vengeance

    ★★★★

    Very cool stuff as usual from J.T.
    A few great set pieces like the shoot out in the BBQ park, the escape through the apartment back stairs and the last stand in the recycling field.
    Johnny Hallyday as the lead is simply a fun and funky choice and the central conceit of "is there a need for vengeance if there is no memory of the initial crime?" is fudgin brilliant and deep in the way Johnnie To's best films can sometimes be. Plenty of good humor and cool interstitial games and ideas as well.

  • The Commuter

    The Commuter

    ★★½

    Functional contemporary thriller with 3 or 4 good set pieces and a bunch of things that don't really make sense but work anyway. Although I will say i was more often disappointed by how far it didn't go than enthused by where it went.

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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.