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  • Hot Fuzz

    Hot Fuzz


    Like a live-action Simpsons, when the show was at its peak. So fast, so smart and yet so silly, and so committed to giving life to its world, so that we may laugh later when running jokes find their way into the mystery, the gunplay, even the architecture. Every time, I'm astonished by all the information Wright packs into this thing, all to justify the stupidest plot twist of all time. That stupidity stands out against such intelligent craft and…

  • The Purple Rose of Cairo

    The Purple Rose of Cairo


    What starts as a trite the-magic-of-the-movies P.S.A. grows into a fantasy, then a satire, then a tender romance and, penultimately, a tragedy. It then ends where it began, which now does not seem so trite but cathartic, honest and deeply earned. This may be my new favorite of Woody's, for its array of tones and for the way he sublimates his love of movies into creating a new mythology of them. The movie-within-and-without-a-movie conceit is still ingenious, for there are…