Luke Pauli

Luke Pauli

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I like films. I like writing. I like writing about films.

Will watch any old shit.

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  • Second Act

    Second Act

    ★★★

    Don’t be fooled by the rocks that she’s got, she’s still Jenny from the block. This was a weird mishmash of plot points and tone shifts, like someone mixed up a bunch of different scripts at the photocopier. There’s slapstick moments, sit-com broadness, romantic comedy flourishes, bizarre twists into drama; it’s all over the place. But I liked it, mostly because I like Jennifer Lopez as an actress, and Charlene Yi has a fairly substantial supporting role, and I like her too.

  • Reasonable Doubt

    Reasonable Doubt

    ★★½

    One of Samuel L. Jackson’s direct-to-DVD outings in between Marvel movies, Reasonable Doubt actually has a pretty juicy John Grisham-esque hook; lawyer drunkenly kills a man with his car, finds himself defending a man for that very same crime. He knows the accused is innocent but does he help him, and risk implicating himself, or wander down a murky unethical road. This sounds good, but it’s actually about 30 minutes of the film in totality, the predicament is tied up with a bow and it becomes a generic thriller from there, with twists and turns but very little excitement. Could have been better.

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  • Jingle All the Way

    Jingle All the Way

    ★★★½

    Arnold Schwarzanegger's bad parenting made Jake Lloyd grow up to be Darth Vader

  • Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory

    Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory

    ★★★★★

    The first film ever made and exhibited to a paying audience, the historical importance of The Lumiere Brother's Employees Leaving the Lumiere Factory cannot be overstated. If we didn't have this film, then we wouldn't have Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen! Actually, fuck the Lumiere Brothers! No I don't mean that. Thank you boys.