Last Flag Flying ★★★★

when Steve Carell cries, i cry. 

destined to be grouped in with Linklater’s other “forgotten” films - SUBURBIA, THE NEWTOWN BOYS, TAPE, BAD NEWS BEARS, FAST FOOD NATION - which is a shame because it’s undoubtedly better than all those movies. 

it’s really interesting to think about this movie as the follow-up to EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!! which is a movie about finding brotherhood when you’re in the thick of it, whereas this is about trying to rekindle brotherhood when it’s been left behind. coupled together, the films are the two sides of a very particular coin. 

i get why some might find this underwhelming. but his handle on the script and performances is unmistakable and i’m grateful for having this graceful film.

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