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  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction

    ★★★★★

    So, I'm reading You’re Not Listening by Kate Murphy and at one point the author refers to Aaron Sorkin's writing as representative of the modern tendency for talking to be all about ourselves and talking over each other in effort to continually say something clever. I remembered that I had a friend who was a big Sorkin fan and when he read one of my scripts he commented with open surprise and obvious, but unspoken, disappointment that it wasn't filled…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★½

    This "sequel trilogy" is to forever be a frustration to me. While Rian Johnson, as noted in my Knives Out review, is a director who seems to make thing made specifically for me, J.J. Abrams has made a career of taking the kinds of things I love, or specific things I love, and making them into things I don't care about. Once I resented this vigorously. Now, I'm resigned to it. My attendance tonight was merely ripping off a Band-Aid…

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  • Too Hot to Handle

    Too Hot to Handle

    ★★★

    This is well-done. The actors are all excellent. The musical numbers are fun. I'm glad I finally saw it.

  • Where's Marlowe?

    Where's Marlowe?

    ★★★★

    I kind of stumbled on this while I was grabbing Marlowe at Scarecrow. It's a movie I'd seen long ago, but it fell into a weird recess in memory. I'm still trying to remember why or how I saw it before. It feels like something I ran into flipping channels.

    I really like it. I love Miguel Ferrer. I think he should have done more leads. It's frankly a really solid cast all around. I also like how this establishes a convoluted set of problems, much like an older hard boiled story, while making them all somewhat ridiculous.

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  • Young, Violent, Dangerous

    Young, Violent, Dangerous

    ★★★★½

    On some level, this is a Eurocrime version of Just For the Hell of It with Tomás Milián as a Police Commissioner looking into the crime spree. And if that had been the sum total of it, that would have been more than enough for me.

    It is something more, though, it's a thoughtful and well-acted movie. Not only by Milián, who can essentially do no wrong in my world, but by Eleonora Giorgi as well as Stefano Patrizi, who gives a strangely haunted and thoughtful portrayal of the gang's ringleader.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★

    The original trilogy is like a great band at their peak. They're making hits, feeling it. They fall away a bit at the end, trying too hard to sound like themselves, but it's what everyone remembers. The prequels are like their weird period of experimenting with orchestras and world music and big concepts they can't quite keep contained in the realm of the pop song. This is like a cover band made up of skilled musicians playing their greatest hits competently but soullessly in an order that robs them of any context or meaning.