The greatness of John Carpenter's brief comedic intervals overshadow the pretty basic anthology stories. The big problem here is that the second and third stories are way too similar - a guy gets a transplant that causes him harm. It totally makes the first Gas Station story the most solid entry, despite the fact that I feel like it doesn't do much with its premise.
Solid Biopic affair that feels kind of dated in-between the other Best Picture nominated films this season.
Somehow this movie reminded me of Guy Ritchie's King Arthur, where it is constantly switching between very auteristic moments of cool visual stylisation, then flat, cliched scenes of 2-shot conversations. That climactic scene in the train subway is pretty hilarious in its bluntness, and drags the ending way longer than it needed to be.
As someone who has pretty much stopped caring for the MCU, their latest films are fixing alot of the issues that plagued the earlier entries, but at the same time, doubling down on their worst elements. The self-contained nature, with barely any references to outside MCU characters, was pretty refreshing, and the lack of constant gags was great too.
The big problem here is the same ones that apply to every single Marvel movie released in the last 3-4 years:…
This film rules so much. The opening 10 minutes alone is better than most American action movies, and its followed by 100 minutes of smart, well-directed material that plays like a brilliant game of chess. Easily one of the most satisfying payoffs in cinematic history, Charley Varrick is such a tight, enjoyable genre picture that in my mind, is easily Don Siegel's best movie.