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  • Edge of the City

    Edge of the City

    ★★★½

    The filmmakers had no idea what a black urban working/family man of that time would have on his mind, but they made a few good guesses and several terrible assumptions.

    Poitier is the cool one and Cassavetes is the square, which is all wrong. But great actors can fix anything, and the cast carries this film by slumped shoulders through a minefield of Stanley Kramerish "progressive" shitpiles.

    Also, unlike Stanley Kramer, Martin Ritt had groove. This movie lands on beats…

  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★★

    By stealth, the only Black Lives Matter movie of last decade that actually made me feel it.

    Like Tarantino, the Safdies (with Bronstein) are whispering stuff to The Black Community with clumsy/sincere concern.

    Cassavetes would bear hug these boys for their rejection of all isms except for humanism and romanticism.

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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    Scorsese and Zallian telling the 20th Century average Joe, "You been had. You gave your life over to bullshit. And you'll never even see the faces of the people who owned you all along, only their stooges who passed themselves off as your friends and advocates."

    The only real things in such a life are a few moments of sincere connection with your brother(s) in the struggle. And death.

    Hoffa is the antihero in this film. He may be a…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★

    Man, I'm loving how this app permits me to be the armchair mogul/film asshole I truly am:


    BR2049 was doomed to be merely impressive the moment Roger Deakins chose not to shoot it with anamorphic lenses.


    It was the one simple choice he could have made to tie this film to its predecessor and lend it similar subliminal gravitas and mystery. But naw, he hates anamorphic lenses--even though every frame of this Scope ratio film is composed and lit in…