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J. Giambrone

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There are a few must-see shows going around these days. I’ve posted extensively on Orphan Black. Black Mirror is another. Humans. The Strain will be the subject of an upcoming review. Mr. Robot should join their ranks.

This is an odd take on technology, revolution, and mental illness. Elliot is a freak, an oddball who seems to be on medication in every scene. He turns unreliable by the end of Season One, but not before taking down the financial system and inflicting quite a bit of damage on “Evil Corp.”

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I love the revolutionary spirit, the cult like hacker collectives, the skullduggery. It’s a paranoid thriller with twists you cannot see coming.

One thing that sets it apart–for good or bad–is the unconventional framing of the shots. This show takes lots of cognitive work to follow. It may give you a headache, particularly if you attempt to watch…

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J. Giambrone

FLORIDA PROJECT

If you see Willem Dafoe, you get the movie. Dafoe’s worst films are better than 95% of what Hollywood craps out.

Bonus, this film is an experience mostly told from the kids’ POV. It’s a trip, and while not solely confined to the feral gang of Florida motel brats, enough of the story is set in their world that this is a must-see.

Great cast.

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My thoughts began to wander somewhere near the middle, but the movie caught a plot eventually. The ending saves it. The little girl in the lead, Moonee, is so charismatic and carefree that you have to follow along.

This is life on the bottom in the shadow of Disneyworld. With a constant influx of tourists and low-lifes, the motel carries a sense of imminent danger to the small children stranded there.

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Moonee’s mother Hailey is a mess with anger issues and no job prospects. Her…

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I, Tonya – My Review

Posted: April 6, 2018 in Joe Giambrone
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J. Giambrone

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Although burned out on movie reviews, I, Tonya blew me away. This is a great American movie, one of the best around. Character-driven stupid crime, it’s got it all.

There’s a love/hate relationship with Tonya Harding. We all want to know if she was in on it or not. The film toys with the idea of her innocence, but it is a completely unreliable narrator. The genius is in having multiple unreliable, self-serving voices. One can’t be sure what actually happened from the movie alone.

Margot Robbie is outstanding. She brings Tonya to life both on and off the ice with depth and sensitivity. The film rocks from gut laughs to the occasional tear, and yet the reality is always in question. It’s a masterful faux documentary, somewhat like To Die For.

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One thing I did not know about Tonya Harding was that she was the…

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J. Giambrone

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Those creepy, bloodthirsty, white people.

This show is available on Amazon, and the second season appears to be up on Youtube. It reminded me of The Tudors, a similarly executed historical drama with copious amounts of copulation and beheading.

The White Queen tells the story of the first Queen Elizabeth, with the twist that she was a bit of a witch. The magic is included as legitimate, and apparently everyone at court believed it to be true.

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They also changed loyalties like they changed socks. What stands out most is the utter absurdity of monarchy and feudalism. Every noble with some vague claim to royalty can raise an army of dumb grunts and march on the capital. Even one’s brothers are not above suspicion, and for good reason.

There are no good people in this history. There is, however, the female perspective, and that’s relatively new. Elizabeth is the…

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This British import arrived, and I knew not how nor why. But it’s a marvelous period piece, and the period is 1940. It’s also a movie about making a movie, and the characters are the screenwriters.

This nuanced tale tackles the sexism of the day. The main character is a Welsh girl who is suddenly called up by the Ministry of Information to help write “the slop,” which is female dialogue for their propaganda films.

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When Dunkirk inspires a heroic rescue story, the plot kicks into gear. A news article praises a pair of sisters who stole their drunken dad’s boat to join in the rescue. The government functionaries decide this is grade-A propaganda to inspire the working class to go fight the Germans.

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As Catrin develops the story with her co-writers, many tangents appear. Many obstacles to production too, and some are hilarious. Catrin grows as a writer…

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Anyone who’s studied WW2 knows the story of Dunkirk. Nolan takes the epic FUBAR situation and personalizes it to a handful of characters, while maintaining that massive scale and raw gut action.

This was a welcome relief from the quasi-fascist propaganda in the film trailers that preceded it. Hollywood continues its plummet into the abyss.

But Dunkirk has that distinctly British character in every frame. Nolan took his big action lessons and returned home to make the second world war come viscerally alive. Little dialogue interrupts the pure dogfight scenes over the English Channel. It is visual and audible without a need to explain.

One of the main characters is a perfect amalgam, a kid unrestrained by protocol or oversight, and he’ll do anything to get off that beach. He’s the perfect war movie hero, as getting out of the German’s ever-closing trap is the entire cricket match.

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Great crime thriller, well done, tight story, jumps all over without jumping the shark. It’s old-Hollywood styled, with femme fatales, insurance scams, hitmen and abusers.

I liked the vibe, and it reminded me of Disorganized Crime, Seven Psychopaths, Pulp Fiction. Rotten people with amusing problems.

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I’m not a Simon Pegg fan, truth be told. Here, though, he delivers. I’d say his best, of the ones I’ve seen, since Shaun of the Dead.

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But it’s an ensemble, with a group of awesome actors, and so many dirty deeds done dirt cheap, but the price steadliy rises. So, a near-perfect crime thriller, and you should get it if you like those. Of course not a US production. Hasn’t been a decent crime story here since Tarantino.