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  • Opening Night

    Opening Night

    ★★★★

    With Opening Night, Cassavetes finds the perfect milieu for his obsessions. For a Cassavetes protagonist, life is performance and truth is revealed through play. Behavior is both artifice and authenticity. And always there is an audience, waiting to express its displeasure. In Faces, that behavior took the form of pathetic farce: drunken bouts of singing, joke-telling and dancing. Characters are both performers and audience, alternatively entertaining and critiquing each other. In A Woman Under the Influence, Mabel's tragedy is her…

  • Transit

    Transit

    ★★★

    Bewildering, mesmerizing, stunningly shot, beautifully acted and also kinda... bad? All these great technical pieces and compelling subject matter and great performances (especially lead Franz Rogowoski where have you been all my life German Joaquin Phoenix), but also two bold choices that played like major misfires for me. Or if not misfires, distractions that never quite paid off. Also felt like character behavior - with exception of Rogowski's Georg - seemed dictated by needs of, not so much the plot,…

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  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★★

    Like if Damien Chazelle had studied murder in college instead of jazz.

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    I've taken all of your criticisms into account and have determined that you're all wrong.