Bill Arceneaux

Bill Arceneaux

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Independent film critic. Progressive po' boy. Moviegoing romantic. Member of SEFCA. Rotten Tomatoes approved.

Favorite films

  • Apocalypse Now
  • Roman Holiday
  • Inland Empire
  • Sherlock, Jr.

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  • Jungle Cruise

    ★★★

  • Pig

    ★★★★★

  • Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    ★★★½

  • A Rainy Day in New York

    ★★★★

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  • Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    ★★★½

    Articulates exactly what was wrong, what went wrong, and who shared the blame for this defining debacle. Well done, but outdone by the promotional concert film VHS tape, which juxtaposed putting on a happy face with images of... well, what happened.

  • A Rainy Day in New York

    A Rainy Day in New York

    ★★★★

    Maybe it was the piano music, maybe it was the performances, or maybe it was the delightful rain, but... I kinda loved this one. Cute and charming, a fine palette for the romantic young leads and the older know-betters.

    (It was on Amazon Prime, so perhaps the stream worked as an offensive act of some sort... )

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  • 9/11

    9/11

    Utterly deplorable. Horrid melodrama with a time and setting used only for dramatic exploitation. Nothing new is revealed or anything found within us, just people weeping, bickering, coughing and yelling like Nolan's Batman. When you use green screen, cgi smoke and desaturated lighting to indicate fiery conditions, you're telling me how cheap and uncreative you are. Rushed through to ... make a buck? To capitalize on ... that sweet 9/11 nostalgia we all share? Why was this movie made? It…

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★★

    Pixar makes bringing the abstract and the intangible up to the surface look so very easy and beautiful. The level of clarity and craft on display is terrific and masterful. So many scenes glow; they just... glow, with colors, textures, and light. And of course, the story itself and the composition of shots are as clever and impactful as ever.

    From INSIDE OUT to this to... what's next? I can't wait.