Mary Poppins Returns
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A freewheeling offshoot of the good indie Smoke
Not as good a smoke as the first, but worth a puff.
"Smoke" follow-up lacks the first flick's spark and humor.
Improvisational film which was made as a companion piece to the far-superior "Smoke". This movie has some good parts to it, but is too disjointed to hold your attention.
Bob: Coffee and cigarettes. That's like the breakfast of champions.
"Welcome to the planet Brooklyn."
Blue in the Face is a fun enough movie especially if you like the style of Smoke. This isn't really much like Smoke though, when it comes to story. There's really no story here. There's a lot of individual improvised scenes and interviews telling random facts about Brooklyn. It's a very loose film, that has a sort of documentary feel to it at times and a standard feature film feel to it at other times. The cast is huge in this film, with Harvey Keitel being the only big name that was left over from smoke. Michael J. Fox, Jim Jarmusch, Lou Reed, Roseanne,and Madonna all make appearances throughout.
In the end, Blue in the Face is pretty much just Wayne Wang pulling scraps from Smoke, but it has it's appeal. I like the conversations, which all have the improve feel to them. This isn't a movie that really needs to be seen, but it's one that is a good amount of fun for fans of Smoke. If you didn't like Smoke though, there's absolutely no reason to waste your time with this film.
Unjustly criticized film made from outtakes from the superior Smoke. I think too many critics compared it to that film rather than on it's own merits, but I absolutely loved the slice of life feeling of this film. Really good stuff.
Parts are fun, but unscripted actors can only take things so far.
The humor in the movie was mostly subtle which worked really well. I honestly just bought the movie because Madonna makes a 2-minute appearance, but I actually liked it a lot!
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