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  • The Story of Will Rogers

    The Story of Will Rogers

    ★★★

    Ngl the blackface kinda took me out. It's an...adequate film. Gorgeously shot as Michael Curtiz always does but pretty thin story wise. I mean, at this point in his career, Curtiz had turned out some real biopic classics so it shouldn't be surprising that this feels tired.

  • This Is the Army

    This Is the Army

    ★★★

    War propaganda at its finest. If you exclude the minstrel show. Which is wild when you consider there's also a number with an all black cast (including Joe Lewis). But again, that's war propaganda for ya, bb!

    Interesting structure.

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  • Mi Vida Loca

    Mi Vida Loca

    ★★★½

    If I've said it once, I'll say it a thousand times: WOMEN DIRECT SEX SCENES INFINTELY BETTER THAN MEN. Watch this for proof.

    My biggest gripe - which opens up a whole other set of issues but let's not go there - is that for a film about Echo Park in the mid-90s there was no Spanish language music in the soundtrack! Like that's so wild to me.

  • In the Heat of the Night

    In the Heat of the Night

    ★★★★★

    Perfection. A study in blocking and camera movement. The deep space. The POVs. Maybe the best use of zooms in a more subtle style. I mean Haskell Wexler just did the fucking thing, it's just incredible.

    And the script, goddamn! Sharp, crisp, it feels fresh even in 2017. It's just so perfectly layered and a playground for the amazing cast. Steiger earned that Oscar win but Poitier is just a star. And everyone around them are just pitch perfect.