Brian Formo

Brian Formo

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  • Paper Moon
  • Point Blank
  • Marie Antoinette
  • Throw Down

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  • Misery

    ★★★

  • Wall Street

    ★★★

  • The War of the Roses

    ★★★½

  • The Boogeyman

    ★★

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  • Deep Cover

    Deep Cover

    ★★★★★

    “Money doesn't know where it comes from, but I do. If I keep it, I'm a criminal. If I give it to the government, I'm a fool. If I try and do some good with it, maybe it just makes things worse.”

    Deep Cover starts and ends with blood money. Crumpled and ugly, handed over. Director Bill Duke and Laurence Fishburne, who plays an undercover cop, charge head first into a Deep State drug conspiracy. "Follow the money" is not…

  • Morvern Callar

    Morvern Callar

    ★★★★★

    Morvern Callar has one of the bleakest cold opens of any film. We see the titular woman (played by Samantha Morton), as she wakes up with her boyfriend dead from suicide on the floor and a computer screen that says "READ ME." The note instructs her to "be brave" and to send his novel to various publishers he's listed. That's the plot portion of the opening, before we even get there we lay with Morvern on the floor, her fingers…

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  • Misery

    Misery

    ★★★

    "I'm your biggest fan" has always been danger alert, danger alert but social media has made millions of Annie Wilkes.

    There's some Swiftie out there plotting this very thing to get her to date whom they find acceptable. The ownership that fandom feels over the person they worship—and follow every breadcrumb of—is a disease.

    James Caan's main character's name being Misery made me laugh out loud.

  • Wall Street

    Wall Street

    ★★★

    Gordon Gekko this, Gordon Gekko that. Sure he has a view speeches on greed, winning, and corporations granting all their power to the shareholders that provided the handrails for Aaron Sorkin and Succession and so much more. But I'm just glad I got to check of the origins of this scene, burned into my mind since I was a tween, off my list.

    It's got some solid speeches and Wall Street is bad but it might not be nearly as…

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  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★★

    To give a hint at what's special about TÁR you needn't look further than the opening credits. The opening credits start backwards with members of the crew that generally are at the very end of the end credits, like catering and production units and assistant editors. This is a movie about how an ego can grow too big and turn to manipulation when one role gets too much credit in a collaborative field. An orchestra is like a film set,…

  • The Whale

    The Whale

    ★½

    It’s possible to be happy for a Brendan Fraser comeback and think this is simplistic, easy, closed-circuit claptrap. Indeed it might trap you in a clap because it ends in a teary moment for an actor that was discarded.

    Brendan Fraser was one of the biggest movie stars for a solid decade. His disappearance was sudden, but it perhaps didn’t register because he was a different type of movie star. He was likeable. There was no method acting, bad boy…