Sunset Boulevard ★★★★

“Those new films all have so much dialogue”, says the character in the film, that has so much dialogue up front. As it digs in, and moves behind being a noir into being a sort of strange melodramatic romance thriller blend, and the characters actually get more fleshed out, it works well. But it is a very slow build and that does put me off a bit, makes the pacing feel so strange before you really get the pieces together and the very strong drama and framing and all of the good stuff.