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Crimson Tide 1995
Hackman vs Washington shot through Tony Scott’s eye (still operating in his graduated filter/long lens style before reinventing into his later career bombastic gonzo style.)
Great acting + plenty of confined tension = What’s not to like?
I honestly had not seen Crimson Tide since it’s theatrical release, at which time a lot of the racial subtext was lost on me (I just wanted to see an action picture set in a submarine).
This time however, I caught everything.
Armageddon Time 2022
Much like Spielberg’s The Fabelmans, James Grey’s Armageddon Time is a filmmaker reflecting on his youth and incidents that would come to define them.
And much like The Fabelmans, Armageddon Time is an extremely well made movie, full of good performances (I thought the acting in Armageddon Time was actually better) that came up short for me in terms of impact / gravitas of what the filmmaker was trying to deliver — Spielberg with his parents divorce and Grey with…
We Own the Night 2007
It’s criminal how underrated James Gray’s films are.
We Own The Night (which gets better everytime I see it) is a fresh, yet classic take on the NY cop movie genre and it’s also one of the few films I can stomach Mark Wahlberg in, but this movie belongs to Joaquin Phoenix all the way.