nitrate74

"And if, when he comes back, he wants to sell peanuts....oh, how I'll believe in those peanuts!"

Favorite films

  • Holiday
  • My Man Godfrey
  • Red Dust
  • Trouble in Paradise

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  • The Mist

    ★★★½

  • RRR

    ★★★★

  • Winnie-the-Pooh

    ★★★★

  • The Five Pennies

    ★★★½

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  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★½

    One of the most unfortunate examples I've seen of an outstanding performance trapped in a film that's utterly unworthy of it. (In a movie where said performer is playing the  guy whose name is the title!)

    And an equally egregious instance of a director whose style often actively undermines the magnetism and  flawless physical choices of that portrayal in order to give a beloved actor plenty of room to deliver a performance that's so head-scratchingly misjudged that it's almost enough,…

  • Jurassic World Dominion

    Jurassic World Dominion

    ★★

    2 stars solely for the presence and real star quality of the actors from the original Jurassic Park who, while far too good for this shit, could make a dramatic reading of a tax form at least somewhat interesting, which is more or less what they're called on to do here. Also, how in the name of action/adventure do you come up with EXACTLY the right concept to potentially rejuvenate your beyond exhausted franchise in the first 5 minutes of your…

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  • So This Is Paris

    So This Is Paris

    ★★★★

    Been wanting to see this for years, and now glad that it didn't happen until this glowing new restoration. Unsurprisingly, a master class in comic timing and exposition---Lubitsch's sheer patience and confidence in letting moments build and unhurriedly pay off never ceases to amaze, no matter how familiar you are with his work. (The mix of laughter and pathos he can get out of merely showing a man crossing the street...and in a 68-minute running time, no less!) In a…

  • The Man Who Cheated Himself

    The Man Who Cheated Himself

    ★★★½

    Trim, relentlessly suspense-building noir with a bit of a twist in its setup, giving three sometimes underutilized performers a real chance to shine. A rare leading man role for Lee J. Cobb, and a romantic one to boot. (Well, romantic in the extremely noir sense of 'I'm helping my married girlfriend cover up the murder and dispense with the bullet-riddled corpse of the husband she just killed, even as I investigate the case', but still...) For at least part of…