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  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction


    So, I'm reading You’re Not Listening by Kate Murphy and at one point the author refers to Aaron Sorkin's writing as representative of the modern tendency for talking to be all about ourselves and talking over each other in effort to continually say something clever. I remembered that I had a friend who was a big Sorkin fan and when he read one of my scripts he commented with open surprise and obvious, but unspoken, disappointment that it wasn't filled…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


    This "sequel trilogy" is to forever be a frustration to me. While Rian Johnson, as noted in my Knives Out review, is a director who seems to make thing made specifically for me, J.J. Abrams has made a career of taking the kinds of things I love, or specific things I love, and making them into things I don't care about. Once I resented this vigorously. Now, I'm resigned to it. My attendance tonight was merely ripping off a Band-Aid…

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  • The Two Jakes

    The Two Jakes


    I think Nicholson would have been better in this a couple of years earlier. Or maybe he needed a director with a better eye on his mannerisms than he was himself. It's obvious that he wants this to be something better... more... than one of those sparkling Jack performances that he could give and had recently given several of just prior to this. And he mostly pulls it off.

    Although that shitty '80s suit he wears at the beginning didn't…

  • Chinatown



    I read The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood by Sam Wasson and had in mind to revisit The Two Jakes, so it only made sense to revisit this.

    It occurs to me that with how much complication Wasson's book notes that Robert Towne wanted for this, if he were writing it now, he'd have decided to write it for TV before he thought twice. That would be a much different animal.

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  • Young, Violent, Dangerous

    Young, Violent, Dangerous


    On some level, this is a Eurocrime version of Just For the Hell of It with Tomás Milián as a Police Commissioner looking into the crime spree. And if that had been the sum total of it, that would have been more than enough for me.

    It is something more, though, it's a thoughtful and well-acted movie. Not only by Milián, who can essentially do no wrong in my world, but by Eleonora Giorgi as well as Stefano Patrizi, who gives a strangely haunted and thoughtful portrayal of the gang's ringleader.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens


    The original trilogy is like a great band at their peak. They're making hits, feeling it. They fall away a bit at the end, trying too hard to sound like themselves, but it's what everyone remembers. The prequels are like their weird period of experimenting with orchestras and world music and big concepts they can't quite keep contained in the realm of the pop song. This is like a cover band made up of skilled musicians playing their greatest hits competently but soullessly in an order that robs them of any context or meaning.