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  • Apollo 11

    Apollo 11

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    When they landed on the Moon, I was like "HELL YEAH GODDAMMIT, THEY LANDED ON THE FUCKIN' MOON!!!" so I guess the montage was good. Even without that, though, it's so nice to see a non-fiction film without eight thousand goddamn cutaways to someone doing some fuckin Shelby fuckin Foote impersonation talking about "Well, y'see Ahmstrong, he was [soft chuckle] a very *tacituhn* mayan" or some shit. The only non-fiction film with talking heads I'm here for is Stop Making Sense.

    But seriously.

  • Richard Jewell

    Richard Jewell

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    I gotta say I can't recall a movie with as high a difference between its highs and its lows as this. The performances are absolutely extraordinary, and the filmmaking is exquisitely utilitarian (which I guess is a thing, never would've thought, way to go Clint).

    But given how concerned the rest of the film is with truth, it's more than a little weird that Olivia Wilde and Jon Hamm are stuck playing absolute cartoon characters. Clint the director isn't really…

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  • Gotti

    Gotti

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    Until I was ten, my dad's main source of income was from bartending, and for several years in that period he worked at a place in Downtown Brooklyn that was a brisk walk from the borough's various courthouses. This is relevant for two reasons: the main one is a prize anecdote starring my dad's friend and coworker Jimmy, wherein during a particularly busy day at the restaurant John Gotti and retinue came in seeking strong drink and a bite to…

  • Joker

    Joker

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    Invariably, professing a lack of interest in something and then writing about it is going to seem performative, so I won't claim complete disinterest. I will say that the reason I ultimately watched this after holding out for months is, rather than the subject matter and involved artists, that it became one of the most successful movies of all time and won the big dick award at Venice. At a certain point, curiosity overwhelms prejudice. And, now, I get it.…