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  • Wrath of Man

    Wrath of Man

    ★★

    Wrath of Man feels like the 1st draft of a screenplay, which is surprising since it's actually a remake. The plotting feels contrived and the dialogue is on-the-nose, favoring cringey machismo in lieu of character or depth.

    Jason Statham's "H" is an unstoppable, head-shotting terminator, taking out any trash in the way of his vengeance. He actually works terrifically well here as his trademark gruff and mumbles are played as stoicism. Unfortunately, the movie lacks the self-awareness to have any…

  • Public Enemies

    Public Enemies

    ★★★★

    Mann’s use of handheld and early digital cinematography gives this an almost documentary feel, bringing the early 1930’s into our world as if it were reality TV.
    Moreover, when the guns start to fire, it isn’t sexy but rather terrifying.

    We’re witnessing “The Golden Age of Bank Robbery” just as it’s beginning to tarnish.

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  • Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones

    Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones

    I find that the best stand-up comedians (and this is purely preference/taste) always tend to be writers of social observations. They see the exact same things as the rest of us, reinterpret it, and throw it back at the audience in a new light, ideally for laughs. 


    I don’t always laugh at everything Dave Chappelle says, nor do I agree on every point he makes (politically correct, or not), but I can always expect that what I’m hearing is honest and…

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★½

    Exceptional use of storytelling through production design.