• The Beatles: Get Back

    The Beatles: Get Back

    ★★★★★

    PART II:
    Out of Twickenham and back in Apple Studios, with a far more engaged John and George, songs are no longer random snippets or unrealized fragments waiting for structure. Billy Preston walked in to visit his old pals from Hamburg and he is the magic ingredient that elevates everyone's game. The genuine friendship, humor, and love is obvious, as well as the true sense of collaboration. The first part was interesting, but this is a revelation. I only have one question: why Disney and when do we get a physical release?

  • The Grifters

    The Grifters

    ★★★★

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    When it comes to Myra and Lily, love and loyalty are never allowed to interfere with winning. Roy, (John Cusack) on the other hand, certainly likes winning, but he's working short cons, and on the advice of his early mentor, he never plays the long con. He's convinced that the short con, which does indeed have some negatives, like getting hit so hard that he nearly dies of internal bleeding, is the safe bet. Luckily,…

  • The Last Seduction

    The Last Seduction

    ★★★★½

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    Having just watched Dahl's Red Rock West, which is highly recommended if you like Neo-noir that closely adheres to the original style, this one is just as good. It's bound to trouble some people who prefer a tidy moral punishment for the baddie. This baddie, Brigit Gregory/Wendy Kroy (Linda Fiorentino) doesn't even pretend to possess any scruples; not even a heart. Her mark is Mike, (Peter Berg) and he assumes himself to be way too…

  • The Beatles: Get Back

    The Beatles: Get Back

    ★★★★★

    I had to watch in 20-30 minute segments due to being the chief cook for Thanksgiving, but I have no doubt that I'll see this several times before I purchase a physical copy. I saw Let It Be in the initial theatrical release, and yes, it wasn't an uplifting experience. All this does is put all of that into the proper context. Yes, they were heading towards a breakup, but no, they weren't on the outs with each other. Paul…

  • Red Rock West

    Red Rock West

    ★★★★

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    Some of the movies that get labeled as modern noir, or neo noir, are just dramas or cop movies with a few noir touches, but this one, with a few minor alterations, could have easily fit into the canon. Down on his luck drifter, what looks like an easy score that goes all wrong, people that aren't who they appear to be, dangerous woman, scary, homicidal stranger, corrupt cop, fate directing the action, it's all…

  • Paddington

    Paddington

    ★★★★★

    Paddington! Where have you been all my life? The best Wes Anderson movie that isn't a Wes Anderson movie. My wife had never seen this and tomorrow being Thanksgiving, I figured it was time. Of course, she loved it. I think we'll watch Paddington 2 on Christmas Eve.

  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    ★★★★

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    Since I just watched Le Samurai a few days ago, it's only fitting to now rewatch one of its progeny. Forest Whitaker is a hit man that bases his work on the code of bushido. He became a hit man as a result of having his life saved by a mob guy named Louie (John Tormay) when he was a teenager. Ghost Dog models his life on a book called Hagakure filled with Buddhist-like sayings…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★

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    A warning to all who are in search of any sense of realism or coherent plot, because you won't find it here. This is Fincher having fun, and if you go in with that mind set it's a lot of fun, funny too. Because the perspective shifts several times, we're never really certain how much of either Nick (Ben Affleck) or Amy's (Rosamund Pike) story holds any truth. It seems their entire relationship was built…

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

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    The world needs another review of Blade Runner like it needs another Halloween sequel, so let's just say that after 40 years, and dozens of re-watches, this is still one of the coolest looking movies ever. Even though I saw it back in '82, and was blown away then, the final cut is so much better than the original theatrical presentation that watching on a 100 inch screen now beats the original experience, and the 4K upgrade is about as perfect as I could ever dream of.

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

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    The violence that is central to No Country For Old Men is never celebratory or in any way satisfying. Instead, through the eyes of Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) it is a comment on evil, and on a world he can no longer understand. Violence is hardly anything new, but the nature of violence as an uncompromising moral evil that exists for its own sake has weathered and beaten him into submission. Morality, fate, hunting,…

  • One False Move

    One False Move

    ★★★★½

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    Highly underseen and underrated, this is Carl Franklin's best film, with fabulous performances by the main cast of Bill Paxton (boy, I miss him) Cynda Williams, Michael Beach, and Billy Bob Thornton. I pull this out every couple of years and it never disappoints. If ever Criterion wanted to do a nice upgrade, I'd jump for joy. This worked for yarb, so I'm gonna steal his plan and direct you to a great review by the ironcupcake.boxd.it/1HxWyh

  • Le Samouraï

    Le Samouraï

    ★★★★★

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    I'm strapped for time this weekend, but I watched this for the third time last night, and honestly, all you really need to know is that it is probably the definitive representation of existential cool. Everything works perfectly; Delon, the music, the clothes, Costello's low key demeanor and minimal dialog contrasting with the inspector's gruff style, and Melville's ability to slowly build tension and suspense right up to the end. If I thought long enough,…