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  • Michael Collins

    Michael Collins


    Unquestionably this is the best Neil Jordan film I've seen and quite a few other people involved (just in casting this is a real murderers row) come near that too. In particular Liam Neeson and Alan Rickman shocked me with the quality of their performances. Both are, of course, great actors, but my experience has tended toward what you see is what you get out of them. Yet in spite of the roles not being any real stretch outside their…

  • Monte Cristo

    Monte Cristo


    This is about as good an adaptation the source material can muster. Perhaps the smartest move, and one I've seen no other adaptation try, is to remove this from Dumas' more famous work as much as possible. Monte Cristo isn't even introduced as an idea until an hour into this 100 minute work and when he finally the intelligence of his revenge is emphasized in a Les Vampires sort of way over any sort of adventure daring do. Basically this…

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  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Beasts of the Southern Wild


    If this isn't the worst film nominated for best picture it comes pretty close considering how it offends all senses and sensibility. This is just an incompetently made film with stuff out of focus and a shaky cam that makes Greengrass look sober. I can't think of anything that should do worse for the reputation of amateur productions then this. Though the worst aspect of the film is how it renders an object of romance the poor. I honestly thought…

  • Get Out

    Get Out


    There's so much to talk about here that I'm not sure where to begin and certainly will leave stuff out either through forgetfulness or not wanting to punish people with a tome of my awful writing. Just that Peele is able to throw in a split second visual gag about Bing being the search engine of evil or that Jesse Owens being talented is the origin of the plot shows a subtle genius that I love. Though probably the thing…