394 posts categorized "Drama"

January 22, 2022

THE CARD COUNTER

ColeSmithey.comPoignant. A real movie.

Paul Schrader, a textbook auteur if ever there was, flexes his filmmaking muscles again.

Say what you will about the work of this prolific genius so long as you take into account Schrader's undeniable integrity to his art.

Rare.

Schrader skillfully employs dramatic license to get at deeper truths in his characters' souls.

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We live and die through our actions, every single action that we take.

Restraint.

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God's lonely man continues his journey though Paul Schrader's rich oeuvre. 

How lucky we are. 

Rated R. 111 mins.

5 Stars

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January 20, 2022

THE LOST DAUGHTER

ColeSmithey.comExasperating. 

Suicide by doll theft could have been an engaging premise I suppose, but not in this painted from misery tale of parental alienation. 

No likable characters exist in this dull, feel-bad film of the decade.

The Greek tourism board will likely ban "The Lost Daughter" from being screened in Greece, and good on them if they do.

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"People ain't no good." —The Cramps

Fucking hell.

ZERO STARS

Rated R. 121 mins.

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Groupthink doesn't live here, critical thought does.

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January 13, 2022

TANGERINE

ColeSmithey.comJaw-dropping neo-realism.

Writer/director Sean Baker is our modern equivalent to the great John Cassavetes. 

For all of the easy access to smartphones with excellent video cameras, only Sean Baker is making anything this impactful on an iPhone 5S.

Get real.

"Tangerine" is a good litmus test for a date movie.

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Only two kinds of people, hypocrites or narcissists. Take into account that a narcissist is someone who refuses to admit they're a hypocrite; we are all hypocrites, every one of us.  

5 Stars

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Groupthink doesn't live here, critical thought does.

This website is dedicated to Agnès Varda and to Luis Buñuel.

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