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  • The Last Waltz

    The Last Waltz

    ★★★½

    I could write a book about my bizarre issues/attitudes with regard to concert films; long story short, in general I just don’t understand the appeal. With rare exceptions like Stop Making Sense that feel like they’re about more than “let’s film the artist(s) performing songs,” I feel the absence of live performance energy more than I appreciate having a record of that performance’s existence.

    Scorsese gets some good stuff with the Band’s anecdotes about life on the road, and it’s…

  • New York, New York

    New York, New York

    ★★★

    And thus I am now a Scorsese fiction feature completist. Scattered thoughts as follows:

    1) A lot of cinematic texts are going to read differently in this political moment, but it feels like even 40 years ago Scorsese was making this a story about the toxicity of American masculinity (a theme he has explored repeatedly). Right from the moment we see Jimmy in the Times Square crowd with a big red neon arrow pointing at him, it’s about Jimmy’s sense…

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  • Experimenter

    Experimenter

    ★★★½

    That was an entertaining and informative movie!
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    But that's all I really have to say. I'm glad I saw it. It was good.
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    I won't. What if I cause harm to my #brand by just blathering when I've said all I needed to say?
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    WE ARE FINISHED HERE.

  • Beautiful Creatures

    Beautiful Creatures

    ★★½

    Who are these terrible, terrible lead actor kids and why are they interrupting a perfectly good Jeremy Irons/Emma Thompson ham-off?