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  • Popeye

    Popeye

    ★★★

    If someone had told me a few years ago that Altman directed Popeye, I would have laughed. It’s crafted with the artistry that one would expect of an Altman movie, yet it is not as invigorating as his best work. The slapstick gags don’t garner any intended laughs, but they unfortunately influence cringes from the audience. To be fair, there are charming moments in the film that involve Popeye’s Swee’Pea.

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★★

    Baker’s Portrait of Impoverished America...
    The Florida Project.  
    Starring: Willem Defoe. Brooklynn Prince. Bria Vinaite.  
    Directed by Sean Baker. 
    By Blake Patterson. 
    100/100.  

         Two years ago, A24——the most prestigious independent studio of the decade——committed the sensible decision of acquiring the rights of Sean Baker’s The Florida Project. They recognized the ambition and authenticity of The Florida Project and attempted to gain public recognition for the film. As a result, The Florida Project’s financial status was decent, but the movie never…

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  • Blinded by the Light

    Blinded by the Light

    What Intrigues Contemporary Audiences? 
    By Blake Patterson. 
       
       “Over the Aug. 16-18 weekend, New Line's Blinded by the Light—a coming-of-age tale inspired by Springsteen's music— bombed in its nationwide debut, earning a mere $4 million at the box office,” stated by Pamela McClintock from The Hollywood Reporter. With a poorly undeserved income for Blinded by the Light, the result signifies a cultural lament for genuine filmmaking. Since the beginning of cinema, typical audiences have sought for formulaic movies that are generally…

  • The Beach Bum

    The Beach Bum

    ★★★

    Slacking Around The Beach...
    The Beach Bum. 
    Starring: Matthew McConaughey. Isla Fisher. Snoop Dogg. 
    Directed by Harmony Korine.  
    By Blake Patterson. 
    60/100. 

       Harmony Korine is a director who has created films that I have despised——especially Gummo. Spring Breakers was considered as a career high, but James Franco was the only great part of that film. In The Beach Bum, Harmony Korine recognizes the idiocy of his fantastical farce by exploring the misadventures of a stoner named Moondog——played by Matthew McConaughey…