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Paris Is Burning is an important look into the drag and transgender scene of the eighties that offers a lot of revelatory interviews along with introducing the viewers to the vocabulary and this overall culture very well. The movie is well directed and edited, but its severely melancholic tone really sticks with you, and it culminates with that heartbreaking ending.
Stalag 17 definitely lost its steam in the much less interesting second half, but the first one was excellent and quite entertaining. The movie is at its best when it's funny and it wildly succeeds as a very amusing, sophisticated black comedy with quirky characters, fun situations and a knack to make even the worst circumstances humorous. The characterization is mostly excellent and Billy Wilder's direction is reliably terrific.
Bernie can be evaluated in two very different ways. If you watch it as a true crime drama, it succeeds as the central performance by Jack Black is excellent and the story is interesting. If you watch it as a comedy, it's an utter failure as its uneasy comedic tone was not suited for this material at all and it's simply never funny at any capacity. The mockumentary approach worked wonders to make it a solid film, but Richard Linklater was simply a bad fit for this particular story, no matter how great he usually is.
Hustlers may be problematic in the ambiguity of its message and in the overwhelming presence of humor, but still that led to a hugely entertaining, frequently even hilarious film owing to a very strong script and dialogue. The themes are well explored, and the heart and soul of the film is the beautiful central friendship, powered by two stellar performances from Jennifer Lopez and especially Constance Wu.
The Skin I Live In has a very long build-up, but eventually it was all worth it as the second half introduces such a crazy twist that made the film very unique and disturbing. The entire storyline here is that of a standard mad scientist, but with the added twist in a typically crazy Almodovar fashion as only he could have cooked up this plot. The performances are uniformly strong, the themes are intriguing and the film wildly succeeds as a psychological thriller how disturbing, provocative and twisted it is.