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The best film in a long time... It's definitely Florida-porn a la Larry Clark's "Bully" or Sean Baker's "The Florida Project" or Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" (and "Beach Bum" obviously), but there's a few things that elevate it to the top.
First of all, the Super 16mm cinematography is gorgeous - shooting on superspeeds wide open gave this beautiful glowy look to everything at night. The script is also excellent, the direction impeccable, the verisimilitude constantly maintained. But most importantly…
An excellent film to watch in a time when there's an urgency for theory crafting and sense making of the disparity and violence both historical and current in an increasingly globalized, multicultural world. The film ends with the person on both sides of the screen overwhelmed by complexity, the human condition, and the nature of evil.
I am usually bad at reading the metaphorical and allegorical subtext of films with the first watch, but Mamet really lays it all out…
A whole bunch of Rand acolytes got together to prove to the world they unequivocally suck. This film cost $35 million and looks like utter garbage. I'm pretty sure everyone involved just scammed and backstabbed each other until the budget was gone. I give this film 5 stars for being such an enduring source of schadenfreude for humankind, an eternal monument that proudly proclaims to the world that while Ayn Rand died loveless and alone, her philosophy still births failsons to this day.
Pure pleasure. Everything is technically perfect in the way that McDonalds is "technically perfect food." Really monumental art direction, styling, and MUSIC (this is hip-house era, and it makes all the difference.) The motorcycle montage to Daisy Dee "Crazy" omg. And D'New ft. Temple "Forever" is a slap legend.
Also - the sunglasses. This film is an incredibly important archival record of sunglasses.
I love this film deeply. It cures depression. It lifts the soul. It reminds you of everything good in the world.