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that bouncing ball you like is going to come back in style. the cinema of uncle magic: Kevin McGee should be a star. one of the best soundtracks in a Motern film, likely because Farley is expanding his songwriting into the perspectives of multiple characters rather than the usual set-up of his character being in a band. genuinely inspirational filmmaking! while american studio cinema has completely exhausted itself, we should be so lucky to have Farley and Roxburgh out on the fringes keeping things as weird, funny, and moving as they do year after year with their cinema of regionally specific low-budget high concepts.
i've often thought about how far pure visual style through cinematography, production design, and editing can get you in narrative film, completely disregarding script and performance. it turns out, it can take you all the way to this movie and no further. Tony Scott isn't usually attracted to writerly scripts, but this makes screenwriter Richard Kelly (who I usually admire) seem like the kind of guy who can't finish a sentence, let alone conjure competent narrative arcs and characters concerned…
I have to see it again, but not in the way that his dense masterpieces like Inherent Vice, Phantom Thread, or The Master require a second viewing. This one just slapped a stupid grin on my face the whole time, laughing with two of my best friends for 130 minutes, on the verge of crying tears of joy, so I can't really go beyond scratching the surface in my initial evaluation.
I watched Boogie Nights for the umpteenth time last…