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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★½

    It's not too soon to call this a masterpiece.
    Horror, pathos, and a great deal of comedy.
    One word I don't know that you would usually use about 3½ hour movies does apply here: restrained.
    An incredible script with performances that rival any in the careers of the legendary leads.
    And a very different use of music than is found in most of Scorsese's films.

  • Hell's Angels

    Hell's Angels

    ★★½

    This script is *rough* at times.
    And the performances don't generally help.
    The pacing of the story is awkward as well. Like they couldn't quite figure out how to construct a fluid story yet as a talkie.
    But... The big flying set pieces in each half (the zeppelin attack and the bombing mission) are remarkable.
    These can't make up for the plodding pace of the framing drama, however.
    This is definitely no WINGS.

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  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    ★★★★★

    The only bad part is the scene where we are supposed to seriously entertain the idea that Joan Fontaine isn't really beautiful.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★½

    There's something that feels untruthful about the way that Tarantino employees nostalgia that is neither a naive indulgence nor a layered interrogation of the past.

    It goes right down to the production design, with the fetishistic displays of movie posters on even the walls of the Tate/Polanski house, and all the way through the story and characterizations.

    It's not Hollywood the way it was or the way he/we remember it, it's the way he wanted it to be. And if…