Bryan Colley

Bryan Colley

Favorite films

  • 1776
  • Love Me Tonight
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • Hellzapoppin'

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  • Barbie

    ★★★

  • May December

    ★★★★

  • Since You Went Away

    ★★

  • Idiocracy

    ★★★★

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  • Barbie

    Barbie

    ★★★

    A messy but entertaining movie that keeps the cynical humor and sight gags going despite the heavy-handed, simplistic and muddled feminist message. It's like Baumbach and Gerwig wanted to spoof Hollywood commercialism but found out crafting a good story out of a toy is actually a challenge. For example, it doesn't know what to do with Michael Cera's character and a subplot with Mattel executives goes nowhere. Thanks to Robbie and Gosling and a lot of charm the sloppy storytelling isn't a deal breaker, but it's not as tight or as fun as that other toy movie with Will Farrell.

  • May December

    May December

    ★★★★

    I've been sitting on this one for a while because I don't have much to say about it. Can you underplay melodrama? Todd Field tries, giving us a tawdry situation that simmers without ever coming to a full boil, but then comically blasting sweeping music like a bad after-school special. Julianne Moore and Natalie Portman give strong performances.

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  • Know Your Enemy: Japan

    Know Your Enemy: Japan

    ★★★

    Five Came Back called Capra's anti-Jap documentary indefensible in the way it vilifies the enemy, but if you cut through the propaganda it offers an interesting history of Japan (with a focus on their cruel and warlike nature) and ironically ends its condemnation by telling us how Americans will be more victorious and more warlike than the Japanese could ever dream of.

  • When Trumpets Fade

    When Trumpets Fade

    ★★★★

    Excellent WWII battle film with a lame title that looks at courage and fear. Could be a lost episode of Band of Brothers - surprising considering it came out a month before Saving Private Ryan (which means there's no annoying shaky cam during the battles). Certainly doesn't have that TV movie feel. Script by W.W. Vought.

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