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  • Café Society

    Café Society

    ★★★

    It's not a great film, but compared to the recent "A Rainy Day in New York" it kind of feels like a masterwork. Similar to "Rainy Day", Allen rehashes gags and scenarios from his previous work (most notably "Radio Days"). It's all very familiar territory, but what makes it work for me is the charm of the cast. Carell, Eisenberg, Stewart, and Lively all bring something substantial to the table. Eisenberg is essentially doing the Woody Allen thing, but somehow…

  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    ★★★★

    A beautiful dream of a Western. Altman's storytelling is rich, but emphasizes atmosphere over dialogue and traditional character development. That's not to say the film lacks substance, however. The sensibilities of the characters are revealed through little moments of nuance. The dialogue is often overlapping, and we see various snippets of conversations regarding facial hair upkeep, cooking, and dick jokes. It's one of the more unusual western films that I have ever seen. There is "action" but it's not depicted…

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  • A Rainy Day in New York

    A Rainy Day in New York

    ★★

    Well, I want to see it. Don't cancel me bro.

    05/04/21 update:

    Alright, finally saw this. Woody Allen is one of my favorite filmmakers. I recently revisited some of his older films from the 70s and 80s that I had not seen for some time, and I was surprised at how impactful they still felt to me. I'm not of the opinion that Allen stopped making good movies in the 00s, but the last two decades have been more hit…

  • 8½

    ★★★★½

    **watched for the 2019 Death By Film Movie Scavenger Hunt: a movie about movies**

    One of those "essential" movies that I always put off seeing for some reason. I've always assumed the hype around this would lead to disappointment. Those concerns vanished about 10 minutes in. Holy fuck, what a movie. A funny, vibrant, and challenging depiction of an artist in personal and creative crisis. It's remarkable that Fellini was able to create something so layered and uncompromising, and yet…