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Like comfort food. Predictable, and yet, enjoyable.
The Irishman is more about "acting" and "directing" rather than telling a compelling story. I know I'm venturing into dangerous ground criticizing this movie but I'm sorry, even though my wife and I are Scorsese fans, we did not enjoy this film at all. Watching the behavior of these awful men doing the same awful things over and over again was neither interesting or enlightening. Once you found out who they were all they did was "wash, rinse and repeat," or in their case, "Rob, Kill and Repeat." "The Irishman" would have been a much more enjoyable and interesting film if the story had been told from Frank's daughter, Peggy's, point of view. Instead, it was a three-and-a-half-hour slog going over familiar ground covered much better in "Goodfellas," and "Casino." Repetitive scenes with actors twenty years too old (even after CGI enhancement) playing morally reprehensible and fundamentally UNINTERESTING characters who never made the right choice was a numbing and desultory experience.
Normally not a fan of indie films. They're slow, ponderous, self-indulgent and artsy with really annoying piano or guitar scores. But every now and then a masterful one shows up. Night Owls is one of them. The director, Charles Hood is clearly a student of the classic "well made" films of the old masters. In this case, that old master is Billy Wilder and Night Owls is an updated tribute to one of Wilder's best ones, "The Apartment." Funny, poignant with absolutely terrific acting, this little indie is a definite must-see.
If only there was a way to smack a film upside its head UFO would be first in line. Take an intriguing premise and literally turn it into a really boring math exercise and that's this turkey. Some math teacher somewhere got a boner watching this turd but that would be it.
The reviews of this film are a complete mystery to me. "Pitch Black," "Chronicles of Riddick" and the final installment "Riddick" is one of the best sci fi films ever trilogies ever made. Great action, good acting and, for its time, really good special effects. Further proof that most critics are idiots.