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Carman has written 10 reviews for films during 2016.

  • Oh... Rosalinda!!

    Oh... Rosalinda!!

    ★★★★

    ...and that's why you don't get drunk in Vienna *J. Walter Weatherman's arm falls off*

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★

    not gonna lie this hit a ton of pleasure buttons the second time around

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Near Dark

    Near Dark

    ★★★½

    the night has its price

  • Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

    Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

    ★★½

    on the 120 fps: the technique itself is fine but this movie needed a better budget to pull it off. for something that's supposed to look "realistic," its sets look cheap and phony and hardly lived-in. the faux Cowboys stadium hardly feels monstrous, like the real life one (or any NFL stadium for that matter). apparently shooting it with that technique made it way too expensive for more than few takes, and it shows.

    as for the film, there's an…

  • Chan Is Missing

    Chan Is Missing

    ★★★½

    "In those days all the Chinese characters on TV and in movies were laundry men, servants, cooks or, worse, Fu Manchus and Suzie Wongs. They were all stereotypical images," Chan Is Missing director Wayne Wang told LAist. "There hadn't been a film done that represented Chinese, Chinese-Americans, or [San Francisco's] Chinatown in a very real way."

    "In the end it's really about the people in Chinatown."

    I didn't get into it in my interview with Wang on LAist (at least…

  • Dragon Inn

    Dragon Inn

    ★★★★

    no such thing as a quiet meal in a King Hu film

  • To the Wonder

    To the Wonder

    ★★★

    like i'm supposed to believe Ben Affleck knows French

  • Everybody Wants Some!!

    Everybody Wants Some!!

    ★★★½

    not enough baseball

  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★

    kids are so obnoxious