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  • Strange Days

    Strange Days

    Imagine writing this as a response to Rodney King/ LA Riots. The white goggles are too strong.

  • The Seven Year Itch

    The Seven Year Itch

    I always thought of this as one of my least favorite Monroe films, and definitely one of the lesser Wilders. But I was wrong.

    I saw it recently for the first time since I moved to NY over ten years ago. I realize now it's one of the most realistic NY movies ever made. Most of the film takes place in one neighborhood, in one three-story brownstone that's been turned into three cramped flats. (It all takes place there or…

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  • The Lost City of Z

    The Lost City of Z

    ★★

    Uneasy mixture of magpie 20th century references (that annoying slow zoom in many classical shots) and very trendy "enlightened" politics. Why is it more interesting to depict Fawcett as not really white, not like the other white men, instead of as he was: a racist Buddhist whose search for the City of Z was a search for an advanced society formed by "white Indians." The character becomes dulled by the writing, then dulled even further by Hunnam's jockish & opaque performance…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    Not a review, but a question: How could anyone see Ryan Gosling as anything other than a cautionary tale? Or, as Bront described his character, "pretentious, reactionary, a romantic fool." Those shoes! He's everything bad about post-Swingers LA. He is awful, the cheesiest person ever & so hot. Who doesn't know the pain of this type? The actor is, for the first time, perfectly cast.
    -Also, is this movie really racist? what?