11 posts categorized "Hollywood"

February 25, 2022

MERRILY WE GO TO HELL — THE CRITERION COLLECTION

ColeSmithey.comYou'll discover a glimpse of how great Hollywood could have been if not for the Hays code (1934 to 1968) that permanently fucked up Studio filmmaking in America. 

Doroty Arzner is the baddest ass Hollywood woman director you've never heard of.

Lesbian to boot.

Fuck with that.

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Socially pointed satire aimed squarely at Roaring '20s culture of booze and sex, takes a running start at the Depression that fell on the country as this 1932 drama was released into theaters.

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You don't know acting until you've seen Sylvia Sidney and Fredric March.

Criterion collectors rejoice; this baby has legs.

Not Rated. 83 mins.

5 Stars

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February 17, 2022

PAPER MOON

ColeSmithey.comAn American classic.

Peter Bogdanovich's 1973 adaptation of "Addie Pray" (by Joe David Brown) is in black and white, like his first film "The Last Picture Show," another classic American film.

Depression era Kansas is a beautiful monster under László Kovács's fantastic cinematography.

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Tatum O'Neal deservedly won an Oscar for her nine-year-old performance as kid who takes to grifting like a fish to water, under the guidance of Ryan O'Neal's bible-selling con man Moses Pray.

The dad and daughter chemistry is off the charts.

Dollars add up.

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Madeleine Kahn is terrific as Trixie Delight.

Yep.

Rated PG. 102 mins. 

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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January 13, 2022

HOUSE OF GUCCI

House of GucciWow! Here is the Hollywood knock out movie we've been waiting for.

Sure it could stand to lose 10 or 15 minutes but make no mistake, "House of Gucci" is Ridley Scott's masterpiece — not a word I use lightly. 

Unlike Hollywood garbage from the Marvel Industrial Complex, we get to see real actors act. Jeremy Irons's scenes are priceless for his staggering command of craft. Jared Leto doesn't just steal scenes, he demolishes them like nothing you've seen before. 

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And as for the Queen herself, Lady Gaga gives the performance of a lifetime.

Alas, I've said too much. 

Rated R. 158 mins. 

5 Stars

COLE SMITHEY

Groupthink doesn't live here, critical thought does.

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

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