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  • Concrete Cowboy

    Concrete Cowboy

    ★★

    There’s a lot more to the history of Philly’s Black cowboys than you’ll learn here. It should’ve been stripped way down with 20/25 minutes and a lot of bullshit cut out - the ABC story telling doesn’t help either. And that shit with Method Man’s cop character becoming an ally at the end? Fuck that. Also what was that nonsense with Cole’s mum and Idris at the end? He shows up looking all rugged and manly and everything is forgotten? A documentary would definitely do a better job.

  • The Power

    The Power

    ★★

    Some good ideas, mainly the setting and sexual abuse theme, and a solid first 30/40 minutes. Eventually throws all that away and falls off a cliff by the end. The trailer sold it well but given the title I should’ve known better. Would like to see a well done horror set during WWII in London using the bombed out buildings - pretty much the only new WWII film I’d be willing to watch atm.

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  • Le Samouraï

    Le Samouraï

    ★★★★★

    By choosing Alain Delon for the role of Jef Costello - the brooding, silent assassin who slinks through the murky shadows of the Parisian night - Jean-Pierre Melville highlights the importance of casting. Finding the right person who can disappear into their character and embody their spirit. When the frame can be focused on a face that so clearly tells a story of its own, the symbiotic relationship between director and performer evolves beyond the expectations of standard storytelling.

    Very…

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    There is Daniel Day Lewis' performance, a standard which has become almost ludicrously normal for the man now. Paul Thomas Anderson's assured writing and direction instils an epic feel within the stripped down surroundings. Then there is the music. The score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood will be the first thing that coats you with the thickness of the film’s black atmosphere.

    Greenwood's compositional skills have developed over the arc of Radiohead's career, pushed forward after the group dropped their guitars…