Daniel Berger

Daniel Berger

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I run independent film distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories. I can also be an opinionated ass.

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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★½

    Goodfellas, All Grown Up

    Clocking in at 3 1/2 hours, Scorcese’s film is certainly epic. Epic in its story, epic in its ambition, and epic in its runtime. It’s a film that’s fundamentally about aging, and you’ll age a bit just watching it. It’s also a film that mostly earns those 3 1/2 hours.

    This could reductively be called a sorta rehash of Goodfellas, and it does owe a lot to that film, which is nothing short of a masterwork…

  • Moonrise

    Moonrise

    ★★★★½

    Gorgeous black and white photography amped up with acrobatic camera movement makes for a visually stunning film. The script, while clearly a product of its time with its moral underpinnings, is also just odd enough (think touches of a yet-to-come Night of the Hunter) to successfully pry itself from the grips of What You Might Expect. Plus strong performances all around and a fitting and effectively bombastic score. But at the end of the day, this is Borzage's movie. And it's a damn fine one.

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★½

    I'll try not to spoil OUATI...H because Quentin asked me not to. In fact, he asked everyone not to. Which is fucking stupid, cause merely saying that is a spoiler in and of itself and essentially affects the way anyone that received that message takes in the film. Regardless, I suppose it doesn't matter too much, cause the movie kinda sucks anyway.

    Having said that, it's not without it's merits and I'll throw those out there first - Brad Pitt…

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★★

    If you don’t like this movie, fuck you.