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When this started, I really thought I was going to love it. I mean the whole late '90s aesthetic, the Brechtian style of addressing the audience, the idea of combining all this with biting racial satire, it sounded great. The final product, I feel, is a very strange experience, and one that doesn't really leave you with any particularly enlightening tidbits of information. This film has a very important message: that under the monied interests of the entertainment industry, the…
If the rest of Sternberg's films are at least this level of quality, I'm in for a good month (I'm watching through a bunch of his films in April). "Underworld" has a plethora of well-delivered silent performances, moody visuals, and plenty of ideosyncracies. This is low-key one of the great early crime films, and I'd say it's a fairly unknown one. My biggest problem with this is that the romance was a bit underdeveloped. If this movie was longer, it…
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To quote William Friedkin, "If that is a masterpiece, then what is Citizen Kane?"
This film is not only not the reinvigorating opus that everyone seems to think it is, it isn't even a particularly good movie.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse suffers from a variety of problems that are too painfully obvious to ignore. Most noticeably: plot holes. The various Spider-People that Miles encounters in the film all seem to know where Miles and the others are at any point,…
This is the war film to end all war films. It is bleak and horrifying, and it does its job as an anti-war film so well that I'd like to see anyone wanting to get into the military not second guess themselves after watching it. Every body that drops has a profound weight to it, and with some of the best cross-fades in the history of cinema, its visual literacy is superb.