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  • I Am Not Your Negro

    I Am Not Your Negro

    ★★★★

    The story of the Negro in America is the story of America. 

    It is not a pretty story. 

    An absolute gut punch of a line in a film that incisively supports its thesis.

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★½

    You know, because who hasn't wondered what Le Samourai meets James Bond meets The Warriors would look like?

    ....Unfortunately, The Warriors homage wasn't enough.  A legit letdown with most of its problems right there in the plot summary with talk of a "shadowy international assassins' guild," "travels to Rome" and "some of the world's deadliest killers." I was pretty hard on it in episode 622.

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  • The Big Short

    The Big Short

    ★★★★★

    Five stars? Yeah, five stars. Call me Standard & Poor's because I'm just tossing out AAA ratings.

    A (frequently hilarious) crime movie where the American economy is the corpse, the entire financial system is the culprit, and the detectives all have bets on the body dropping.

    But for the bearish take, you can hear Josh try to rain on my Adam McKay party on Filmspotting #566.

  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset

    ★★★★★

    Forget finally confronting "Upstream Color," or the eventual Sacred Cow conversation about "2001"... Having completed my "Before Sunrise/Sunset" homework, I can't imagine anything more daunting than seeing and discussing "Midnight." I find I'm utterly incapable of talking about these films in a rational, analytical way. Remember Ebert's joyous opening to his "Almost Famous" review?

    Oh, what a lovely film. I was almost hugging myself while I watched it.

    That's me with "Sunrise/Sunset", except instead of an impulse to hug myself,…