(Former)Owner and operator of the old school video rental shop "Viva Video! The Last Picture Store" (RIP) in Ardmore, PA.
Not thrilled about this one. Felt pretty incomplete and retreading of older themes/ideas/visuals done less well now. Decent enough concept, but left me wanting more in a bad way. Still a little cool here and there. And not all out boring or nothing…but manages to hit that unfortunate sweet spot of feeling both draggy and nowhere near long enough to feel complete.
So I'm sad to say that a Best Picture winner is one that I thought was excellent (that statuette is pretty much a red letter "A" in my book). This was really, really good.
Lets get the probs outta the way first: the casting is really dumb in three instances specifically. They are incredibly distracting in an otherwise incredible movie. Why, oh why, did they need to cast Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti and Brad Pitt in three roles that each…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Screened this at the coffee-shop round the corner from my video store. It was a lovely Sunday afternoon watch. Gotta say, it was a shade less funny than I remembered (it's still really funny, though), but the romance/humanity to the final scene is still epically devastating.
Boy, when The Tramp is humiliated beyond belief in front of no-longer-blind Flower Girl at the end. It's awful to watch...but following that with their re-acquaintance, those glances back and forth that show you…