Zane's Review of Before Midnight
I'm not sure what I was missing having not seen the prior two installments, but this was pretty damn solid regardless. The conversations throughout the film (aka the conversations which comprise the entirety of the film) are flawlessly executed. They are wordy, and occasionally consisted of that painful kind of clever dialogue that you can't imagine people saying in real life, but the delivery by Hawke, Delpy, and everyone else makes it work and makes it feel like real life. Maybe I've never heard people talk like that in real life, but maybe I've simply never met such interesting and intelligent people. And, of course, when a movie that is essentially four or five long conversations that feel as real and interesting and tragic and heartbreaking and redemptive as real life, you can bet the farm you're watching a damn good movie.