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  • Track 29

    Track 29

    ★★½

    Some weird stuff to keep it interesting (nothing with Theresa Russell and Gary Oldman could be all bad) but a ton of misfires in another Nic Roeg opus gone haywire. First 35 mins were interesting, and went downhill from there.

  • Swept Away

    Swept Away

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Outrageous, political, twisted and ultimately quite sad this is Wertmuller in overdrive doing what she does best and worst. Showing the most caricatured humans possible going at it and exposing more of the true human animal in the process, than some gritty or delicate realism ever could. The violence here feels ten times more transgressive, powerful and affecting than in any action or horror film. Same goes for the sex. Great performances. The ending had me feeling like pure Breakfast Club.

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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