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  • The Pride of the Yankees

    The Pride of the Yankees


    Medicine for a man's soul.

    "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."

  • Play Misty for Me

    Play Misty for Me


    Apparently, this is one of John Cassavetes' favorite films, which sort of makes sense when you think about. Could easily imagine a scenario where Cassavetes, during the process of filming A Woman Under the Influence or Opening Night, would take inspiration from Jessica Walter's role as Misty -- the ultimate woman unhinged performance -- while shooting some of Gena Rowland's scenes. Pure speculation on my part, but who knows, there might be a kernel truth to what I'm saying. Anyways,…

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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Based on its lofty 4.4 average user rating, it appears that Portrait of a Lady on Fire now occupies the position of a sacred cow. Is the hype warranted? Not in the slightest. From top to bottom, Portrait comes off as cinema at its most affected and pandering, featuring every trope and cliché that "trendy" cinephiles have come to expect with their NEON/A24-produced "Indies": everything from self-conscious formalism to forced representation to stilted pacing to predictable plotting. What a lifeless chore—hope it enjoys its Criterion sticker.

  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    Worst courtroom drama I've ever seen, clumsy and inept in every conceivable way, two hours gone to complete waste. As if the flat, monotone direction and smart-alecky Sorkin dialogue weren't bad enough already, you also have to experience one bumbling cliché after another alongside an assembly-line of overbearing and hammy caricatures, incessently spouting Sorkian quips and platitudes. Garbage politics also. Some user on here had the nerve to call this an "anti-establishment" film. Get real, dude. There's nothing anti-establishment about…