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  • Children of Men
  • Black Dynamite
  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
  • Touch of Evil

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  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    ★★★★

  • GoodFellas

    ★★★★★

  • Farewell, My Lovely

    ★★★★

  • Die Hard

    ★★★★½

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  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    ★★★★

    “Look at me, right? I'm only happy when I'm angry...when I'm sad, when I can play the fool...when I can be what people want me to be rather than be myself.”

    A somber movie about a sad man who ruins his life trying to play a role he cannot actually perform, and only comes to understand this about himself when it is too late.

    Watched as part of the Criterion Channel’s “Neo-Noir” collection.

  • GoodFellas

    GoodFellas

    ★★★★★

    first time watching in years, an it is obviously a great time. those last 30 minutes are virtuosic. also, i do not know how you watch this and come away thinking that this is a good, cool, or even interesting life.

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  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★½

    The single biggest weakness this film has is that it’s stars are much older than the people they were portraying. The effect this has is to diminish what’s most appalling about the stories of O’Neill and Hampton — that they were little more than children, manipulated and murdered by their government. 

    I have no complaints with the performances themselves — although I think O’Neill is underwritten — and I think the film as a whole is very strong. But the age thing is a serious problem.

  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ★★★★

    I don’t think I have anything original to say about HAMILTON as musical theater. It’s a real achievement! Fun, exciting, innovative and, at points, genuinely moving. 

    I do have a few thoughts on HAMILTON as a historical narrative and as an ideological project, and I’ll use my review to think out loud on both subjects.

    The HAMILTON narrative depends on stripping the American founding of much of its context. The only way to present the titular hero as a striving…