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Should be required viewing for anyone wanting to be a movie screen writer or a director. B-Movie budget, cast of unknowns--at the TIME, we've got a future "Doctor Who", s future "Star Wars' star snd that dude from the Shawn Pegg movies. Lean. mean storytelling with some social comentary. Not perfect but well worth your time, 2 thumbs way up.
It's been many years since I've seen a Spike Lee Joint, not sure If I re-watched "She's Gotta Have It" it would hit me the same way as it did in College. "Blackkklansman" is well cast, very well acted, especially the lead John David Washington who has excellent chemistry with almost the entire cast (Topher Grace's "David Duke" quite hilariously so) and even some one note Klansmen characters get nice moments of shading, characterwise. The film feels a little bloated--not in terms of runtime but some scenes just go on too long. There's a lovely multiple-exposure shot of faces reacting to a monolog early one that gets mirrored in the third act that just hangs around too long--not the dialog (which I'd imagine is verbatim a speech given by the real life version of the movie character) but the reactions (the second example featuring Harry Belafonte is harrowing and much more effective) There's a dance number that parodies "Soul Train" that is lovely to watch but again, goes on for almost the entire song. The time might've been better spent on other characters getting some more development.
The postscript--using real life footage from Charlottesville--is very heavy-handed (it is fun to see the real life David Duke 'though) and lands a little hard. There's a better end point involving a reverse tracking shot very similar to one in "Inside Man" with Denzel Washington--John David's dad!--that segues into--redacted--that feels like a better punctuation point.
Okay, just gotta say it--Tom Cruise is nuts. There is zero reason for a guy who's a very successful Movie Star to do Jacky Chan-level stunt action in to his 50s. There is no cliff he won't jump off of, no building he won't scale, no motorcycle he won't crash--it just goes on and on--for the audiences entertainment. Twisty-turny and more humor than one might expect, (and not always from Simon Pegg! Amazing!) 20 years in and the American James Bond, still top of his game.
I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. Really lovely documentary on a quiet lovely American Badass. Hippest square ever--and I remember the episode Yo-Yo Ma appeared in, although the show was probably already in re-runs by that time. (used to watch re-runs when in College)
2 Thumbs Up.
Yeah, it's whimsical, duh. A very sweet story about a boy and his (well, a bunch of dogs really. mostly not the one he's looking for) dog, just dark enough to not be a Laika Studio's effort. Hugely improved stop-motion puppeteering over Wes' previous (much more Kid's Movie-ish) effort , and better character design. I liked the conciet that the human (Japanese) characters all spoke Japanese but some subtitles would've been nice? There's several major speeches that are completely un-translated, so you have to figure out what was said by characters reactions.
Two thumbs up