Chris Richmond

Chris Richmond

Filmmaker. Film-lover. If you have questions or comments, I love talking with fellow movie fans.

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  • Hard Eight

    Hard Eight

    ★★

    Paul Thomas Anderson's debut (still "P.T." at this point) certainly feels like one.

    The script, in particular, is very juvenile and unsure of itself, meandering when it isn't pandering.

    The characters, story, and dialogue are all pretty obviously Tarantino-lite, imitative of not just directorial entries but also True Romance, swiping ideas from the diner opening to the literal roundtable storytelling to the Samuel L. Jackson casting.

    Let's talk about the casting. Phillip Baker Hall steals the show here, but his…

  • Yi Yi

    Yi Yi

    ★★★★★

    "You can't see it, so I help you."

    This isn't slice-of-life; it's the whole cake.

    Fantastic wide angles that peer in rooms, over tracks, through windows and reflections and into the sky. Married with editing that smartly creates and directs meaning by mashing the audio of one scene over the images in the next, juxtaposing seemingly unrelated ideas into clearly formed thematic cohesion.

    Excellent usage of color and architecture and production design that makes everything feel as one and borne…

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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    That was the least interesting superhero movie I've ever seen.

    Not the worst, mind you. Maybe the second worst. But at least Catwoman runs under two hours and offers so-bad-it's-good entertainment.

    Infinity War is a bloated piece of empty, corporate garbage.

    This movie takes TWO AND A HALF HOURS to tell a story that could've been done in 80 minutes.

    The worst part is that roughly 75% of this is characters standing around talking to each other about what just…

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I don't think this is necessarily an outright bad film, but what the fuck is the point here?

    Is the point that war is hell? If so, this is obvious to everyone already. Films like Saving Private Ryan or We Were Soldiers depict the visual atrocity and gut-wrenching fear, pain, and confusion of soldiers much more viscerally and accurately. This is a bleached, PG-13 affair that seems content to shy away from the blood, the burning corpses, and the horrifically…