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January 23, 2022

OLD HENRY

ColeSmithey.comThe best damn Western you ever need to see.

This taught, straight-ahead Western steadily builds toward its inevitable resolution with a neatly placed thematic hook grounded in history.

"Old Henry's" slow-burn fury galvanizes the father and son relationship at its core.

Stephen Dorff makes for a convincing gunslinger.

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Tim Blake Nelson is still the best kept secret in Cinema. Shhhhh.

Chickens come home to roost.

Blood flows.

Mop.

Not Rated. 99 mins.

5 Stars

COLE SMITHEY

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THE FRENCH DISPATCH

ColeSmithey.comOn-the-spectrum filmic trilogy is a boring, self-indulgent fiasco.

"The Fantastic Mr. Fox" remains Wes Anderson's best film, by far.

Perhaps, if Anderson had stuck to telling only one of this inflated film's three tales of quirk for quirkiness' sake, there might have been a movie.

"The Concrete Masterpiece" would have been the story to expand.

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Mad incarcerated painter (Benicio del Toro) with his prison guard dominatrix/model (Léa Seydoux), had potential.

Utter bullshit.

Rated R. 108 mins. 

1 Star

COLE SMITHEY

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January 22, 2022

POLY STYRENE: I AM A CLICHÉ

ColeSmithey.comPunk royalty Queen gets a beautiful filmic love letter from her daughter.

Poly Styrene (of the phenomenal band X-Ray Spex) was a force-of-nature whose accurate assessment of capitalism and consumerism found traction in catchy songs such as, "Oh Bondage, Up Yours," "The Day The World Turned Day-Glo," and "Identity."

What a voice!

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Here, Poly's daughter Celeste Bell collaborates with co-director Paul Sng to give an intimate portrait of this trailblazing artist.

Actress Ruth Negga lends her voice, to stand in for Poly's, in this warts-and-all documentary.

Truth.

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Poly Styrene (nee, Marianne Joan Elliott-Said).

Priceless.

Take that, Capitalism.

Not Rated. 89 mins. 

5 Stars

COLE SMITHEY

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