Domenic Mezzanotte

Domenic Mezzanotte

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Favorite films

  • Spider-Man 3
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • Live Free or Die Hard
  • Spectre

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  • Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

  • Wrath of Man

  • Angel Heart

  • An Angel at My Table

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  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    I am SO glad that they didn’t make this a miniseries as originally announced. Only one or two segments overstay their welcome (and not by much) but all six would’ve in tv format. I’ll get to specific thoughts in a second but just real quick: fantastic cast, they shot the hell out of it, and the music (both score and songs) is terrific. The whole thing is an examination of the Western and how it can strengthen or subvert American…

  • Thief

    Thief

    Great and moody neo-noir, perfectly timed for this moody-ass week.

    I love the simplicity of the title SO much because the whole “can’t escape the life” and “one last job” thing was probably cliché in the 20s but that doesn’t detract from the very real fact that it’s been relevant throughout that time, too. These thoughts are often dealt with on the backdrop of criminals or other larger-than-life figures because films are intended to be exciting but the truth of…

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  • Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

    Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

    These movies are such goofy fun (though what happened to the The in the title???) and I wish we had more nonsense action movies like this. It’s not an action comedy per se but I guess more of a live action cartoon? Everything is loud and brash and it IS funny, mostly when Salma is ramped to 11, but more than anything it’s just un-serious. I love a thinkie action movie more than most but sometimes you just need a solid 100 minutes or so of above-average action and Looney Tunes-adjacent logic.

  • Wrath of Man

    Wrath of Man

    I typically find Guy Ritchie’s crime films (or at least his run of them from the early 2000s) to be too chatty/goofy for their own good. This is essentially the complete tonal opposite of that, unrelenting and serious. It still has too much of the talkiness/machismo that I find silly in his other offerings but I fully prefer the filmmaking style he has here to his usual frenetic pace. When the action hits, it hits hard and loud. Definitely could’ve…

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  • An Angel at My Table

    An Angel at My Table

    No one was more shocked than me that I actually enjoyed this! Slice-of-life movies aren't for me typically but this one had the right balance of "scenes just to provide a patina of realism" and "key scenes for the arc of this person's real life." The casting is absolutely astounding, I was shocked this wasn't a proto-Boyhood. It's still a tad too long for me but I found its depictions of an odd/beautiful life to be striking.

  • Puppet Master

    Puppet Master

    This is somehow more bugnuts than I thought it was going to be and we're only just getting started! Like, I knew it was about puppets with different murderous abilities and that'd be plenty on its own. But it also has like, psychics and Ancient Egyptian mythos shit? There's also what's easily the most explicable gratuitous sex scene perhaps that I've ever witnessed. The main characters are all self-branded magicians and at one point a few of them say, almost…