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Katie Tippel
Katie Tippel (1976)
13 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

An interesting socialist-leaning movie about the struggles of life in 1880s Amsterdam. Based on the memoirs of well known icon of proletarian literature, Neel Doff, Keetje Tippel is an interesting foray into the seedy underbelly of Amsterdam's night life in the belle epoque, directed by one of my favourite 'low-brow' directors, Paul Verhoeven. Starring a young and strapping Rutger Hauer and the fantastic Monique van de Ven this is an interesting film to watch. Starting from the gutters of back-alley Amsterdam, into the workhouses and whorehouses of the city and finally into the upper class restaurants and salons Keetje Tippel is best watched as a snapshot of Amsterdam-that-was rather than some commentary on social class, which it attempts but, in my opinion, fails at completely.

Straight Outta Compton
15 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Straight Outta Compton has some good performances and charts the rise of NWA with some clarity and flair but it seems lackluster and disjointed at times, more like an oscar-bait biopic than All That Jazz. Nonetheless it is very watchable and it certainly is the director's best work to date.

Metrobranding
Metrobranding (2011)
16 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

An interesting glance at Romanian communist era brands and their cultural legacy, Metrobranding lives on the ragged edge between mass-market documentary and anthropological film. Though it is a bit rough around the edges it is nonetheless deeply fascinating.

Trainwreck
Trainwreck (2015)
16 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Trainwreck is very funny at times. Unfortunately those times more often don't feature Amy Schumer than they do which is strange as she is probably the funniest person on the cast. And yet Some of the best laughs in the movie, at least in my opinion, come from Colin Quinn or, of all people JOHN CENAAAA, who is absolutely hilarious in his 2-3 appearances, with LeBron James being quite funny at times as well. The problem, I think, is not in the comedy aspect of the movie but in the 'Romantic' one. Schumer and Hader could not be less suited for each other as co-stars, and the relationship bits that usually make the rom-com work are an utter failure in this case.

Furthermore the Amy Schumer show shtick translates poorly to a feature length format as does, in my opinion, the Judd Apatow approach to comedy with a single female lead. The tension is artificial and the ending is a stinker but the movie is enjoyable, overall. Even if it fails as a big R Romantic comedy it is a lot funnier than most others so I would perhaps cautiously recommend it anyway.

American Gangster
16 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Denzel Washington and Ridley Scott are a lot alike. Good, solid all rounders who rarely put out straight out bad products (Like Book of Eli/2Guns or Exodus/Prometheus respectively) but rarely put out masterpieces (Like Glory/Training day or Blade Runner/ recently, the Martian respectively). Mostly their work is solid middle of the road very watchable stuff, whether we're talking Body of Lies of Safe House, Inside man or the much maligned but very watchable Robin Hood). So it makes sense that when the two work together, an intensely memorable and engaging movie can be the only result, one also starring Scott's spirit animal, Russell Crowe.

Now I'm the first to pick on unnecessary mob movies but this one is a story that needed to be told, one that touches on the worst parts of the 70s with an almost endearing hand, grimy New York corruption, gang violence and so forth. Starring a top-game Washington and a sedate, empathetic Crowe American Gangster keeps you glued to the screen for every minute even if you've seen the film three times before and it showers you with a secondary cast that pretty much has all the major african american hollywood players of ten years later. The direction is very 'late Ridley Scott' complete with hard-hitting montages set to music, drama squeezed out of everyday situations and slow meticulous pacing (perhaps a bit too slow) but it is the confident cool of Washington that sells the movie. Halfway between the manic Denzel of Training Day and the too-cool-to-exist Equalizer Denzel, Frank Lucas hits the sweet spot, managing to present what was apparently in reality a sort of hick South Carolina gangster with street smarts as a consummate business man, a Stringer Bell for the 1970s with reptilian intelligence and a violent streak. Denzel plays off his co-cast, one-upping every character on the wrong side of the law and finding a clever match only in the pristine cop portrayed by Crowe.

If American Gangster has a flaw is that it has no intensely memorable scene, something that you would never expect out of a movie that has the lead of Training Day and the director of Alien and Gladiator. Yet in it's biographical sensibilities the movie fails to deliver anything that stays with you across the years apart from the overall memory of a really well made product. A product, though, that is definitely worth watching.