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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…

  • Losing Ground

    Losing Ground


    8 1/2 but for me.

    I had no precise awareness of a gaping hole in my psyche until this movie filled it.

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  • 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?

  • Toni Erdmann

    Toni Erdmann


    I prefer comedies to movies about comedy. Comedies are bolder & harder. All the rules of comedy were broken continually and within the first 20 minutes: explaining jokes & letting you know when jokes are coming.

    I liked what it was about (gender/business) but not how it was made. (That same old Euro indie shaky camera!) I didn't like how what it was about was so lacking in nuance and so clearly signaled. (Meaningful shots of peasants!) The bad guys (business, multinational…