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|75 67%||Drunken Angel (1948) - Sep 22, 2021
"Tuberculosis was never so sexy"
|43 21%||Body of Lies (2008) - Sep 20, 2021
"What is the point? The script gives you no reason to care about this story or these characters, which I guess means it was banking on 'merican patriotism as a narrative anchor. Not for me. Every single scene between Dicaprio and Crowe is the exact same thing. Dicaprio swears at him and tells him he's messing things up. Crowe says to relax then gives a piece of information he had no reason to withhold in the first place. Over and over and over again for 2 hours."
|70 59%||Candyman (2021) - Sep 19, 2021
"I hope there's a director's cut out there that's at least 30 minutes longer because there are so many good ideas and interesting threads here but they don't feel fully explored or developed. That and a severe lack of Tony Todd are the only major issues with this rebootquel. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is easily one of the most charismatic actors of his generation, and I'm so glad to see him getting more and more big roles in solid projects."
|74 65%||Light Sleeper (1992) - Sep 18, 2021
"Interesting to watch this right after The Card Counter. They have almost the exact same ending scene and the tattoo on Oscar Isaac's back is a lyric from the marquee song on this film's soundtrack."
|90 91%||The Card Counter (2021) - Sep 17, 2021
"Exactly what I want from a Schrader film. He's not "doing the same thing again" as some are suggesting. He's playing to his strengths in crafting a fresh story with a new broken, complex lead character."
|58 39%||21 Grams (2003) - Sep 16, 2021
"An interesting premise, some great scenes, and a cast I really like (aside from Sean Penn who I struggle to not be grossed out by) but the pieces never clicked together for me. The non-chronological presentation seemed more like a gimmick rather than the core storytelling component it was in the other entries in the Life trilogy. The visual style didn't quite jive with me either, but I could see rating this higher if I was able to get on board with Penn's central character."
|82 82%||A Better Tomorrow II (1987) - Sep 15, 2021
"It's a heartwarming tale of a man overcoming a mental breakdown and debilitating trauma by re-learning how to stylishly gun people down. It takes a while to get there, but goddamn is the action good when it finally arrives. The bloody, explosive climax is up there with the best action Woo ever shot. A battle-ax and katana inexplicably entering the middle of the gunfight is just the icing on top."
|79 74%||August: Osage County (2013) - Sep 14, 2021
"I remember passing this by when it came out and not being even remotely interested in checking it out until I found out it was written by Tracy Letts and adapted from one of his plays. Yeah, it’s got a great cast, but if you took them all off the poster and replaced them with the words “written by Tracy Letts”, I would have watched this years ago. Side note: can people stop asking Benedict Cumberbatch to do Southern accents? How have we not learned this lesson yet?"
|50 28%||The Counselor (2013) - Sep 13, 2021
"It's a shame to see such a gathering of talent fall so flat. Two or three great scenes of violence aren't enough to carry this obtuse tale. The never-ending sex talk is truly grating. So much squandered potential."
|61 46%||The Last of the Mohicans (1992) - Sep 12, 2021
"It's well made in most regards, I suppose, but I never felt invested in the story or any of the characters. There is some impressive music, action, and even some great visuals, but the film didn't quite succeed in getting me to care about it all."