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Terrible documentary. Lots of "talking heads," a bit of British tabloid scandal-mongering--the whole thing felt salacious and gossipy with little to no coherently substantive insights into Bowie's art. The one to watch is The Last Five Years, which ironically does a better job of making sense of Bowie's entire artistic trajectory than this one.
1 month ago
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The historical basis of the script is not only tenuous -- the film is an outright falsification. By 1944, Churchill was fully onboard with the upcoming D-Day. As Prime Minister, he couldn't have been overrun by his own armed forces, but was their leader. Watch it as a piece of fiction that has nothing at all in common with the real events of World War II.
6 months 1 week ago
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Politically dubious as it humanizes the Nazi side and largely reduces Russians to a mindless horde (with the exception of the young boy, and the women soldiers). The movie seduces into forgetting that the Germans were encroaching on Russian soil as invaders and pillagers. There's madness in war alright, and this is The Heart of Darkness for the Eastern front; but surely the madness was unevenly distributed: The Soviet defensive war was no act of insanity, but an attempt to avert existential annihilation. The Conradian war-is-madness view really only works so long as one keeps this basic fact of aggressor and defender in mind, which the movie lures us into ignoring.
6 months 3 weeks ago
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Vince Vaughn is just about the last guy I'd want next to me in the trenches when things start getting hairy. A moving account of faith, but Mel Gibson's implicit theology went haywire as soon as the film suggested that the main character's prayers helped them win the battle, which was surely not the point this Seventh-Day Adventist was trying to bring home.
6 months 4 weeks ago
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Awful colonialist trash. Murderous and seedy and macho in that way only the 1970s could be macho and seedy and murderous. The film takes a certain (disavowed) "secret pleasure" in the portrayal of gunning down black people. Helpful in getting a sense of where baby boomers got their racialized vision of the world from.
7 months 1 week ago
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It's hard to sympathize with the two main characters, both born of humble means, but doing their very best to turn into insufferable bourgeois right-wingers who simply must send their children to the finest schools and inhabit a venerable manor house in the intolerably Barbour-clad Surrey countryside. This transatlantic marriage portrait--a kind of soft Shining--is also a weirdly effective portrayal of the 1980s Reaganite-Thatcherite lust for power and money and shiny baubles, and what a stain on the soul such things must eventually produce.
8 months 1 week ago
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A real-world Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie is one of the producers) indulges in a bubblegum-and-GHB revenge fantasy against the preppy, macho men who once crossed her. The darkness of the victim's rage is given full vent here, but with twist upon twist.
8 months 1 week ago
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Goodness, this film hasn't aged well -- not that all of history's cultural products have to adhere to a particular moral code, but the sheer orientalism and smarmy indulgence of white supremacy on display in this flick feels pretty darn stupid. Sean Connery the spousal abuser and Michael Caine the Tory voter seem right in their element in this tale of two imperialist adventurers journeying to a fantasy-land of silly/primitive/idiotic non-Europeans ripe for colonial misrule.
8 months 3 weeks ago
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Whoever wrote "boring": Yeah, you're right, dealing with entrenched fascists in a postwar reconstruction period, after one of the worst genocides in human history--real boring...We truly are amusing ourselves to death.
8 months 3 weeks ago
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Awful, disturbing film. I so wish I could purge certain scenes from this movie from my brain.
8 months 3 weeks ago
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Not nearly as interesting as Lukas Moodyson’s Tilsammans, which covers similar ground, but with greater zest, good cheer, and with far more vividly portrayed characters.
8 months 3 weeks ago
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Insufferable American expatriates doing very American things in very European surroundings.
8 months 3 weeks ago
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Sentimental dreck. Unlike 2012 there is no wider canvas on which this global drama unfolds, at least not in any meaningful visual sense; the film is too caught up in the insular, suffocating confines of the family unit.
9 months ago
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Jakob Dylan's autotuned vocals were a downer, but an interesting look at the unique ecosystem of Laurel Canyon and the LA music scene in the mid-to-late-60s.
9 months 1 week ago
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Just a horrible, horrible person.
9 months 2 weeks ago
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I can't say it better than the critic Eileen Jones: "Sofia Coppola’s On the Rocks is yet another meandering depiction of life as a bored and alienated celebrity...Extraordinarily vapid, On the Rocks is oblivious to its own world of wealth, privilege, and access."
9 months 2 weeks ago
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Bunch of wankers. Good-ish music, though.
9 months 2 weeks ago
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Not really a fan of the animated sequences spliced into more traditional talking-heads-style documentary segments. But valuable in as much as the source material is only available in audio, not video, form.
9 months 2 weeks ago
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Western capitalism's version of the Soviet cult of personality: a never-ending stream of hagiographical portrayals of its billionaire class. No thanks. He invented a toilet no-one will ever use because of its complexity and cost, and for this we must call him a Genius.
10 months 2 weeks ago
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A tedious portrait of the insanity and inhumanity of surrogacy.
10 months 2 weeks ago
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Obviously preposterous. Still good for a laugh.
10 months 2 weeks ago
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Feels surprisingly fresh--the incredible contemporaneity of the interwar years. Far superior to the musical movie My Fair Lady. All that singing is so much nonsense compared with this witty, charming flick.
11 months 2 weeks ago
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An absolute mess of half-baked artistic impulses.
11 months 3 weeks ago
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Too much Jerry Springer-style action, too little emphasis on the music. Still an enormously enjoyable look at the wild genius of Anton Newcombe.
11 months 3 weeks ago
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Jodorowsky comes across as a madman-genius, a beautiful soul, a true artist. Nicolas Winding Refn, on the other hand, comes across as an insufferable blowhard: "I'm the only one who has seen Dune" (because he got to look at the storyboard).
11 months 3 weeks ago

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