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Awful screenplay, eye candy direction by Coppola (in full Orson Welles mode), great Tom Waits soundtrack if that's your thing.

In other words a good longform music video, but I wish there were real characters and a story to inhabit it all.
3 weeks 2 days ago
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I already watched Beverly Luff Linn last year and this Adult Swim humor gets stale fast. It peaked with Tim & Eric and even that peak was pretty low.
4 months 2 weeks ago
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This really feels like someone watched Kids (1995) and then made a movie.
4 months 3 weeks ago
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Having three Oscar winning actresses as leads is already a uniquely stellar ensemble cast, even for a movie, much a less a TV series, but then if you stick around for the second season they add in fucking Meryl Streep.

It doesn't go unrewarded; this series is full of so much stand-out performance energy; it literally might be the most female acting talent ever crammed into one film.
4 months 3 weeks ago
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Comes off as a film school graduate Teshigahara knockoff. I'd say just watch The Face of Another.
6 months ago
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It's unusual for sequels to have higher reputations than originals. Having now watched both, here's my 2 cents: the first one is better and undervalued. Smaller, breezier, funnier, sweeter, better aesthetics. No uncomfortable prison euphemisms. No weird Hitler mustache-type jokes. Also the core Brown family characters are mostly pushed aside in this for a more expansive story that neither the CGI budget or running time can accomodate.

I will admit though, that the pop-up book scene is the best of either movie.
6 months 1 week ago
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The humor consistently lands (as does the heart), good performances, beautiful production design, and cool calypso. It is also virtuous in tone and themes, lacking the hip cynicism of many similar efforts. A model family movie.
6 months 1 week ago
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I can't believe 'The Shape of Water' got the Oscar for plagiarizing this.
8 months ago
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"Instead of a perfect human being the evil in Frankenstein's mind creates a monster"

Maybe you should read the damn book!

You guy who made this 110 year old film who is certainly dead.
8 months 2 weeks ago
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Imagine catching covid because you just had to go out and see this.
8 months 4 weeks ago
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A badly written and disappointingly basic heist movie elevated by clever touches and an intriguing modern art visual style. A mixed bag.
9 months 1 week ago
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What is this grocery store romance novel doing on my television screen, and how did they animate the Fabio from the cover to seem so life-like?
11 months ago
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If Rogers was still alive the misanthropic journalist would just goad the gentle old minister into saying something skeptical about "trans bodies" or some such freshly-minted Woke taboo and his show would get insta-canceled, Taco Bell and Reebok would get their kewl corporate pot-shots in on social media ("Can you say... bigot!"), and the journalist would win a Pulitzer.

Now THAT movie might be worth watching. This was Hallmark Channel tier treacle.
11 months 2 weeks ago
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Looks like we have a ... "dreigänger" with The Double (2013) and Enemy (2013).

And I'm starting to understand the rules. First of all the origin of duplicates can never be explained. Aliens? Robots? That sci-fi bullshit doesn't apply to this sophisticated genre... don't be a plebe. Or go watch Orphan Black (2013), low-concept TV clone-trend fiction. SMDH.

Second, your exact duplicate won't like you and will be much more confident and dominant than you. Again, don't ask why. And you better be vigilant or he WILL fuck your woman.
1 year 1 month ago
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I've seen a number of reviewers compare this to 'Cube,' but I suspect its most direct inspiration was the absurdist Denis Villeneuve short 'Next Floor' (2008).
1 year 1 month ago
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Elton John is an unreliable narrator within the story (comically lying to his support group) but also, less forgivably, in the biographical story itself, with almost everyone in Mr. Hercules' life a little too blatantly contrived as loveless monsters. I'd hesitate saying this drama-queenin' feels stereotypically gay, but stereotypically gay is kind of Elton John's whole schtick. It's the narrative equivalent of "committing suicide" by overdosing on pills and jumping into the pool at a crowded party. Look at me! Feel sorry for me!!

I don't know if I should appreciate that on some meta level, but disingenuous art is also hard to like.
1 year 1 month ago
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"Nazis are a-holes.... but they're so cute when they're little."

- Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (2005)
1 year 4 months ago
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Shojiro Nishimi is (sadly) one of the only Japanese "anime" artists with his own enjoyably unique style of character design and animation. (as seen in 'Mind Game' and 'Tekkonkinkreet').

So this movie has a lot of style and its both fun and fun to look at. The gonzo Hip Hop graphic novel style really feels like they got the jump on 'Into the Spider-Verse (2018)'.

Unfortunately, unlike Spiderverse and the two wonderful Nishimi films listed above, MFKZ has a pretty basic action movie plot. Its big-budget, mainstream US doppelganger actually hit more of a homerun by being visually creative AND having a creative story AND having a solid emotional core.
1 year 4 months ago
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Nasty, brutish, and long.
1 year 4 months ago
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A "character study" similar to Joker (released at the same time), right down to matching sponge bathing elderly mother scenes. But while Joker invited a dubious amount of sympathy for its villainous protagonist, this movie veers in the opposite direction, and invites only escalating amounts of disgust for its archetype of right-wing extremism. It offers no insights, surprises, or even a story, only obvious stereotypes and voyeuristic cringe-nip. I feel like a better director could have better channeled his hatred into a dark comedy... like an alt-right Four Lions. Although maybe BlacKkKlansman sort of already went there.
1 year 5 months ago
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All ye tender lasses and land-lubbers, listen and heed me caution now: Take yer refuge and stow the wee ones, for this tale of brine and blood be rated ARRRRR!
1 year 5 months ago
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Some say the ubiquitous "twin" movie phenomenon (Bugs Life vs. Antz, etc) is a product of competition among Hollywood studios, but here we have two very different countries releasing twin metaphorical class horror-comedies (Parasite and Jordan Peele's 'Us'). So chalk one up for "In the Air" theory. (See also The Raid: Redemption & Dredd)
1 year 5 months ago
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Merhige attempts to be the mall-goth Jordan Belson, but isn't in the same advanced league of visual magic to inspire the same awe.
1 year 6 months ago
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Mike Leigh is the British Ozu.
1 year 7 months ago
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Based on probably my favorite tru-crime story: the kidnapping of Colleen Stan. Unfortunately the true story is much weirder and darker. Seems like a missed opportunity since this is a decent, yet fairly thin film.

(And could've been called "Girl in a Box' like the old Crime Library article. Still don't know what 'Hounds of Love' means.)
1 year 7 months ago

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