The Nice Guys

Shane Black seems interested in the dynamics between certain kind of men, and less so, the dynamics between men and women, or between women at all. His script for Lethal Weapon pretty much redefined buddy-buddy action movies: it payed tribute to the godfather of buddy films,  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid while setting the template (burnt-out hero; […]

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The Big Short (trailer)

Is the financial meltdown worthy material for a comedy? Not just any old comedy, but a comedy from the guy who made The Other Guys and Step Brothers? Adam McKay might not be anyone’s first choice to make a film about the world’s fiscal collapse in 2008, but considering the surreal circumstances on Wall Street […]

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The Place Beyond the Pines (DVD Review)

I only rented The Place Beyond the Pines because I was getting sick of seeing the trailer, which seems to have been tagged on to every DVD I’ve watched this year. And based upon that trailer, I really wasn’t expecting much. It looked to me like it was a crime-film straining too hard for meaning: I was wrong about that. I was unprepared, therefore, for just how good it is and how hard it finally hits home.

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