45 posts categorized "Coming-of-Age"

April 24, 2022

RUSHMORE — THE CRITERION COLLECTION

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ColeSmithey.comBefore Wes Anderson became a pale imitation of himself, he made a splashy sophomore comedy with punch.

Anderson's attention to meta/micro details gets filtered through an up-tempo youthful comic tone that flies in the face of adult romance.

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Jason Schwartzman is Max Fischer, Anderson''s hilarious spoof on Dustin Hoffman's character in "The Graduate."

Bill Murray does an early version of the Bill Murray he would become, while indulging in laugh-inducing slap-stick bits.

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Precocious but not precious, "Rushmore" is heavy-hearted comedy with a light touch.

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Here is an over-achiever's paradise.

Funny stuff.

Rated R. 93 mins.

4 Stars

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March 14, 2022

ST. VINCENT

ColeSmithey.comBill Murray once again confirms his value as a cottage film industry.

I know of no other actor who has so many filmmakers writing movies so clearly built around him or her.

Good.

No matter how weathered, flawed, and mean, Bill Murray's characters have head, heart, and libido in their compartmentalized places.

"St. Vincent" is a formula coming-of-age comedy that tics all the boxes.

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While it might not be a masterpiece, it does give Bill Murray's mastery room to roam.

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Bill Murray is our saint of Cinema.

Say a prayer with Bill Murray in mind.

Rated PG-13. 102 mins.

4 Stars

COLE SMITHEY

Groupthink doesn't live here, critical thought does.

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February 28, 2022

SMOOTH TALK — THE CRITERION COLLECTION

ColeSmithey.comJoyce Chopra's no-nonsense adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" is an apt response to America's puritanical mindset that still refuses to responsibly address sex education.

Not knowing who, how, why, where, or when to fuck, results in exploitation.

Dishonesty breeds dishonesty.

Coming of age. Kids gonna fuck. Adults too.

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Such is the case for Laura Dern's 15-year-old character Connie, whose heated confusion over losing her virginity sets her up as a ripe target for a thirtysomething pedophile (Treat Williams) to take advantage of her volatile situation.

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They didn't call 'em shopping malls for nothing.

Rated PG-13. 92 mins. 

5 Stars

COLE SMITHEY

Groupthink doesn't live here, critical thought does.

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