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  • My Cousin Vinny

    My Cousin Vinny


    Marissa Tomei is electric here.
    I knew she won the Oscar but had no idea this was her first lead role in a feature.

    Also, this might be blasphemy to film bros everywhere but I actually think this is Pesci at his best. He's always balancing both dramatic gravitas and comedic timing within the same scene.

    What surprised me most, however, was how skillful the screenplay was. So many scenes where two characters are having drastically different conversations within the…

  • The Italian Job

    The Italian Job


    Surprisingly competent for being almost 20 years old.

    Charlize Theron carries the entire movie. Her character (Stella) is the only one with any sort of interiority. But what struck me most was how she was received by the other characters. She is awkwardly hit on in every single scene she's in. She's the smartest and most skilled, and yet all that's ever talked about is her looks or who gets to date her.
    Worse yet, she ends up with Wahlberg's…

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  • Fatherhood



    While I applaud Kevin Hart for playing against type and swinging for the dramatic, I'm not sure it works here.

    His finely-tuned comedic instincts betray him, filling any empty space with improvised riffing only to just stop short at a punchline. Not only does this kill the dramatic tension, it leaves every scene feeling tonally bipolar.

    Worse yet, his entire supporting cast (while also talented) are in a completely different movie. They think they're in a Kevin Hart™ movie, while…

  • The Apartment

    The Apartment


    Wilder was the king of set-up/pay-off screenwriting.
    He was so sly that you wouldn’t even know he was aiming for your heart the whole time.

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  • Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones

    Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones

    I find that the best stand-up comedians (and this is purely preference/taste) always tend to be writers of social observations. They see the exact same things as the rest of us, reinterpret it, and throw it back at the audience in a new light, ideally for laughs. 

    I don’t always laugh at everything Dave Chappelle says, nor do I agree on every point he makes (politically correct, or not), but I can always expect that what I’m hearing is honest and…

  • In The Heights

    In The Heights


    Are culturally relevant musicals becoming a thing?

    God I hope so.