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Josie and the Pussycats
8 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This film has the framework in place for a quality satire. Its subject, the trend pandering of cookie-cutter pop bands around the turn of the millennium, was due for a skewering at the time of the film's release. Its plot, while certainly not Swiftian, sets up the satire well-enough. The nearly omnipresent corporate logos prove to further the satire rather than make the film hypocritical, as evidenced by the film's ending. The problem is that while there's a great deal of film potential there, it just never actualizes. The film's style, character, and dialogue take the easy way out. This is what happens when a good idea is handed over to Deborah Kaplan.

Shutter Island
8 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I don't understand the dismissive attitude of Scorsese fans toward this film. Was it at the same level as Taxi Driver or Raging Bull? Of course not. It was, however, a well-directed and expertly-paced film. Dicaprio turns in a typically strong performance, consistently approaching over-the-top but never reaching it. The mood, lighting, color, and set-pieces all bear the mark of a master. Scorsese may be having fun, but it's evident that does not mean he's taking the picture lightly. It may represent a victory lap following his first Oscar win, but it's one worth taking regardless.

Oh, and there's also the most jaw-dropping twist since Memento.

Whatever Works
8 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

In Whatever Works, the protagonist constantly insults the intelligence of those whom he encounters. Playing the prototypical Woody Allen sad-sack cynic, Larry David may be delivering the insults in the film, but the film's greatest insult to intellect is the one administered to the audience courtesy of the director himself. The characters, David's included, are bland stereotypes. The message, be who you are and do whatever works best for you, is a cliche, which is ironic since David's character condemns their usage repeatedly throughout the film. Perhaps the entire film was irony over irony over irony, and is actually profoundly intelligent and indeed over the heads of normal viewers. More likely, it's just a shitty movie.