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  • Logan Lucky

    Logan Lucky


    I’ve never really been the world’s biggest Steven Soderbergh fan. The dude has made some great movies but I don’t really get why he still manages to draw as much praise as he does when he makes mediocrities like Side Effects and Haywire. Similarly I was pretty surprised that the movie that caused him to come out of his (admittedly probably doomed) retirement was this rather fluffy riff on his “Oceans” movies. Those Oceans movies were successful firstly because they…

  • Babes in Arms

    Babes in Arms


    Babes in Arms was a backstage musical made at MGM and is pretty representative of the studio’s house style. It stars Mickey Rooney, who was about 19 at the time and was sort of trying to become more of an adult leading man for the first time despite his verticality challenges. The film is tinged with nostalgia and is all about how the emergence of film killed off vaudeville and focuses on some young people who want to revive vaudeville…

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  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


    Man, what a misguided endeavor this whole Hobbit thing was. I’ve long maintained that the problems with this spinoff series run a lot deeper than the decision to split it into three movies but out of the three this is definitely the one that suffers most from the padding. It’s something I’ve noticed about a lot of the last parts of these needlessly split movies like The Matrix Revolutions or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows- Part 2,” they end…

  • American Honey

    American Honey


    One of the most common title formats in cinema is the “American [fill in the blank]” format, which as far as I can tell goes back at least as far as 1973’s American Graffiti and has been used dozens of times. It may or may not be as common as the “[fill in the blank] Story” format be it’s certainly the more loaded of the two. It’s not a titling convention that’s often used for mellow movies with modest intentions,…