The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Unfortunately, the transitions are sometimes abrupt and unconvincing, despite Mantegna's intensity.
David Mamet's "Homicide" is a brilliant muddle: compelling, exhilarating and, at the same time, profoundly dubious.
The movie cannot learn from its mistakes; they are forever displayed within it.
The movie crackles with energy and life, and with throwaway slang dialogue by Mamet, who takes realistic speech patterns and simplifies them into a kind of hammer-and-nail poetry.
Homicide is nothing if not a clever package.
One of Mamet's strangest and most compelling films
In Homicide's electric pop of language, Mamet provides a grand kind of stage for the ugly catalyst of jealousy and racial hatred that curdles in just about every character's mind.
It's intelligent and the interest in the story carries over into the anticipation of the audience. Only the anti-climatic ending is a little weaker than one would have liked or desired and not up to the challenge as are most endings of Mamet films.
But, there's also little doubt in my mind that "Homicide" is pure Mamet in its uncut form, and that's a pretty great thing.
Perhaps it could be argued that Mamet's plays are notable for their realism, certainly Mamet's films are distinguished by their theatricality.
The experience of spending time with the 'Homicide' team is so pleasurable that it's disappointing to be reminded of the stringent requirements of "plot" and "resolution."
Another ethical exploration by Davd Mamet, this time looking at the meaning of integrity.
It's some of the best writing Mamet has ever done (both on stage and on film), raising all kinds of questions regarding identity, racism, and how society and individuals address both. The film's ambiguous, labyrinthine plot probably hasn't helped raise more cultural awareness or discussion of "Homicide", which is a real shame.
Not bad. Not bad. Perhaps not worthy of Criterion Collection treatment but entertaining.
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