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The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line achieves the seemingly contradictory feat of creating a beautiful war film about life. It’s an exceptional film that everyone should see.

The Northman

The Northman

The Northman adheres to the genre conventions you would expect from a Viking action story, but it extends on the story of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in such a unique way that it in no way feels derivative.

Don’t Worry Darling

Don’t Worry Darling

Don’t Worry Darling begins promisingly, with a well designed world with plenty of intrigue, but when the curtain of mystery is pulled back it’s very disappointing.

The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys

The Nice Guys is a great comedy even if it’s shallow beneath the surface. It’s most notable for fantastic comic timing and great chemistry between its two leads.

Lucky

Lucky

Rating John Carroll Lynch's Lucky is a film for character actors. Longtime character actor Harry Dean Stanton plays the titular character, and various character actors populate the rest of the cast. Even the director himself has a background as a character actor....

Lucky

Lucky

John Carroll Lynch’s Lucky is a good film that falls just short of its ambitions. It’s a film by a character actor for character actors.

What’s a Good Story Worth?

What’s a Good Story Worth?

The following is a comparison of an adaptation of Halmet to one of Twelfth Night. I wrote this at Wittenberg for Dr. Buckman's Shakespeare class. He loved to take tradition genres and subvert them in ways that challenged the writer. Here the assignment was to, using...

What’s a Good Story Worth?

What’s a Good Story Worth?

What’s a good story worth? I compare a good adaptation of Hamlet, which severe story problems, to a poor adaptation of Twelfth Night, which has an excellent story.

True Romance

True Romance

Rating True Romance is an objectively bad film that just so happens to have one of the best casts ever assembled. Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, James...

True Romance

True Romance

Rating True Romance is an objectively bad film that just so happens to have one of the best casts ever assembled. Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Pitt, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, James...

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