385 posts categorized "Drama"

March 12, 2022

RED ROCKET — CANNES 2021

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"Red Rocket" is as good as American Independent Cinema gets.

Fantastic.

Sean Baker, don't you dare go Hollywood.

It's worth repeating, Sean Baker is our modern-day John Cassavetes.

But if Baker ever directs a Marvel movie it will be all over. 

Don't make the same mistake that Chloé Zhao ("Nomadland") made. What a sell out.

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"Red Rocket" is an emotionally intense Trump-era satirical drama that lands every punch of betrayal, selfishness, and senseless greed for ego fulfillment.

Simon Rex deals a virtuosic portrayal of an inveterate narcissist porn star taking those near him on a downhill ride to hell.  

Wow.

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American narcissism's days are numbered. 

Hallefuckinglujah. 

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Rated R. 130 mins.

5 Stars

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March 02, 2022

FAT CITY

ColeSmithey.comJohn Huston's 1972 boxing drama, based on screenwriter Leonard Gardner's novel, is a bruiser. 

"Fat City" fits right alongside "Night Moves," "Atlantic City" and "The King of Marvin Gardens" for its bleak depiction of a '70s era America falling apart at the seams.

No one has any money.

Romance is a down and dirty business.

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Boxing serves as an apt metaphor about fighting for survival under Capitalism with few resources or any real sense of hope.

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Stacey Keach, Jeff Bridges, and Susan Tyrrell dish out the pain.

4 Stars

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February 11, 2022

CODA

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ColeSmithey.comThis tearjerker rolls deep.

"CODA" (child of deaf adults) hits all the right notes.

Communication is the key for CODA's family of fishers.

Sex is treated as a normal thing for the once in American Cinema. 

Refreshing.

Emilia Jones gives a fierce performance as a hopeful young singer with a golden tone.

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Jones's worthy co-actors (Troy Kotsur, Marlee Matlin, Daniel Durant, and Eugenio Derbez) pull their weight.

Wow.

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If your heart's not on your sleeve, it's probably in the wrong place.

Rated PG-13. 111 mins. 

5 Stars

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