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  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    All the classic Zucker Brothers movies are basically collections of comedy sketches, even the ones like this with very loose plots that are linking the sketches. The sketches that hit, like Drebin going to the bathroom with his radio mic on, are so explosively funny that they carry you through the various bits that either don't really work or haven't aged that well, like the bit with Drebin falling into a half-naked woman's apartment while holding a concrete statue's penis.…

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    When Wong Kar-Wai made a run in the Blank Check Podcast's March Madness bracket, it made me realize I had never seen any of his films, even though I'd had a bunch of them on my endless To-Do list for a long time. Though I've been told Chungking Express is the simplest entry point, In the Mood for Love was on HBO Max, and I gave it a whirl, and came out of it admiring more than loving the film.…

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  • Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain

    ★★★★★

    Singin in the Rain has more things I could pick apart than most movies I would term “perfect,” but even the parts I might remove or just trim are technically incredible. The Broadway fantasy sequence with Cyd Charisse has no business being in the movie other than Gene Kelly wanting to do it, for instance, yet various organs leave my body each time I watch them move together, you know?

    The roughly ten-minute sequence that spans the beginning of “Good…

  • School of Rock

    School of Rock

    ★★★★

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    Just perfect alchemy of star, material, and director. Jack Black has never been righter or more likable for a role. The songs kick ass, and the movie doesn’t overdo it with showing Dewey maturing into a real teacher. The backup singers doing the chorus on “Legend of the aren’t” will never fail to delight me. (And enjoy this reunion performance of it by the full band.) Also a movie where it is best to not think at all about the…