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  • Hatari!

    Hatari!

    Back in 1962 you could haul off to Africa with one of the industry's biggest stars, shoot some footage of stunning landscapes and exotic animals, then spend the other...two hours(?) of the film with dudes and dames straight-up chilling, getting drunk, playing pranks, and shooting the shit. And people would turn out in droves to see it.

    Wayne is definitely doing an extension of his authoritative-but-surly persona Hawks used so well in RIO BRAVO and later in EL DORADO. He…

  • His Girl Friday

    His Girl Friday

    When I first saw this film in college, I loved it immediately, but figured on some level there were dozens of fast-talking, cynically romantic newspaper movies out there that I hadn't seen. There were, of course. But none as fast as this, none truly as cynical, none so wise about the dedication that becomes addiction that people have to their jobs, or to the notion of work period. Hildy doesn't throw Bruce over at the end because he's a drip…

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  • La Flor

    La Flor

    Still wrapping my head around it critically, but I want to answer some non-spoilery questions that I myself had going into it.

    SHOULD I WATCH THIS ALL IN ONE SITTING?
    God no. It is pointedly - as in, specified within the film itself - designed to be watched on three separate days, in three separate parts. Episode 1 and 2 the first day, Episode 3 the second, and Episodes 4-6 the third. You could make a case that it works…

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    First, the bad - David Robert Mitchell not listen to his own music or something? Gotta crib exclusively from other movies like this one? Poor form.

    Second, an admission - almost every element of this movie is completely in my wheelhouse; an awful version of this would still be at least halfway appealing.

    Third, a conclusion - I was all about this thing from the jump. It picks away at the way young men in this town chase women, fame,…