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Mike D'Angelo
gemko
Apr 21
3

It’s not really a twist. They’re wearing the creepy masks for the entire film, and the murdered family gets mentioned fairly early. My main point was that there are apparently no other children in the town, but I couldn’t figure out an accurate way to phrase that didn’t note that the four kids we do see (who, again, Read more

Nov 13
3

Indeed it would have, had Steven Zaillian actually written Dark Waters’ screenplay, as I originally claimed. But in fact I’d experienced a brain hiccup—it’s The Irishman that Zaillian wrote. This film was penned by Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z, Deepwater Horizon) and Mario Correa. Sorry for the temporary error Read more

Aug 24 2019
1

“The only thing [my expressing disappointment that a romantic relationship wasn’t brought to life”] could possibly mean is you weren’t excited.” Oooookay. Moving on. You’ve drawn your own completely unsupported conclusions about me and there’s no changing your mind.

Aug 23 2019
2

Not calling for mythologizing at all. Calling for no more biopics. A vanishingly small percentage of them are worthwhile, because people’s real lives can’t be reduced to two hours. (Odd, too, that in one breath you advocate for avoiding mythologizing and in the next applaud the film for doing just that with its Read more

Aug 15 2019
8

“Twist” is probably the wrong word for what happens in Uncaged. (There’s a legitimate twist in the original film, though.) It’s more of an ironic development. If you want to know re: both, cut/paste the following into rot13.com. Read more

Jul 30 2019
4

I didn’t mention Twin Peaks because it’s season 3 of a TV series (the words “The Return” appear only in marketing) and wasn’t theatrically released (though it got a one-off screening in NYC and maybe elsewhere). Read more

Jul 16 2019
2

Neither one has achieved anywhere near the U.S. name recognition of, say, Truffaut or Depardieu. But we’ve reviewed a number of Philippe’s films over the years, and Louis has acted in some fairly high-profile imports (Bertolucci’s The Dreamers, Bonello’s Saint Laurent, the title role in Godard Mon Amour, etc.). 

Jun 18 2019
3

The problem is that it makes the film look phony right from the outset. I sort of identified what the problem was in the review. As for your counterexamples: Death of Stalin is a comedy (albeit a pitch-black one) that doesn’t remotely strive for realism, and I can’t speak to Chernobyl as I haven’t seen it. Everyone Read more

Jun 11 2019
3

I think you’re being needlessly pedantic about this. But replace “just” with “recently” in your head if that will make you feel better. Point is Dylan didn’t tour at all for a bunch of years and Rolling Thunder happened not long (in my opinion, anyway) after he finally did start touring again.

Jun 11 2019
4

Didn’t say he toured with the Band in 1975. I said that in 1975, he’d just started touring again after a long hiatus. Which is true. I guess one can quibble about whether months earlier in a separate calendar year qualifies as “just,” but that would indeed be quibbling. Read more

Apr 2 2019
15

Well, you’re a bit late—I’ve been doing this professionally for over 20 years. And my job is not to decide whether a given film is intended to be either “didactic” or “entertaining” (as if that were a clear binary division) and analyze it accordingly. Nor is it to tailor my review to a perceived minority of readers Read more

Apr 2 2019
2

I mean, it’s famous in England. (I didn’t write the headline, for the record. Never do.)

Feb 13 2019
3

I wrote the review at the same pace that I write every review (pretty slowly, really). The bit you quote was carefully worded: Dialogue in the film is ambiguous—to an outsider, anyway—regarding the precise relationship of the protagonist’s family to the person who supplies them the drugs. The latter, as far as I could Read more

Nov 6 2018
20

It’s on par with the other Reitman films I mentioned in terms of surface entertainment value. Probably a film I’d have given a B had its message not struck me as so misguided. Or a film I’d have given a D were it not engaging moment to moment.

Sep 19 2018
10

Well, except they also put them in the red-band trailer. (That’s how I was able to accurately list a bunch of them.) In any case, the analogy doesn’t have to be as precise as you insist. My point was simply that it’s a similar ploy of suggesting that the viewer may not able to handle what’s coming. I opened the review Read more

Jul 11 2018
7

Mostly I want to dispel a common misconception, which is that criticizing films of this sort on dramaturgical grounds is somehow tantamount to dismissing real-life instances of human suffering. That’s just not the case. One can be properly horrified and still feel that the situation is too black-and-white to make for Read more

Jun 1 2018
1

I wrote both reviews, so you can blame me. My relatively low opinion of Beast is indeed an outlier, but American Animals is by no means a critical triumph; Metacritic currently designates 13 reviews as positive, 10 (including mine) as mixed, and 2 as negative. So basically a 50-50 split between thumbs up and thumbs Read more

May 16 2018
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Who’s the most famous person buried in Arlington National Cemetery? No need to overthink this.

May 8 2018
1

Oops. I originally wrote “at the expense of causing considerable confusion,” cut “causing” because that’s clumsily alliterative, then didn’t notice that it no longer makes sense. Good catch.