Keith Enright

Keith Enright

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The Criterion Completionist on disc.

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  • In the Tall Grass

    In the Tall Grass

    ★★½

    Ok. This shouldn't have to be said, but you don't take a fairly solid 40-page spook story and turn it into a interminable 100-minute movie. You don't need to add characters to fill out your ill-advised run time. You don't need to add another layer to the plot that was supposed to be quick and dirty in the first place. You don't need expand the scenery beyond the tall grass, and you sure as hell don't need to expand the…

  • The Damned

    The Damned

    ★★★★½

    I've been reading "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" this winter and managing about 30 pages a night. It's all so horrible and huge and awful that I can only absorb so much in one sitting before I have to go off and take a breather (usually a half hour of Merrie Melodies). But even so, history retold often suffers from just lists of names and dates and page after page of "and then this happened." It really…

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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★½

    Call me a contrarian, but when I watch a fiction film (even when it's based on a true scenario), I want to watch actors. Filling your film with "real" people doesn't lend it an air of authenticity, it lends itself to self-consciousness and sing-songy line deliveries. So Frances McDormand comes across as inhabiting the pain and soul of a searching woman, David Strathairn as that of a man who knows he's missed too many opportunities. Everyone else hits their marks…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    The first QT film I’ve truly dug since Inglorious Basterds, this seems to be a bit of a return to form from my vantage point. Long and meandering but with a zip that seems to have been missing since the death of Sally Menke, this is just a beautiful paean to a time and a place many of us think we remember, but probably don’t. Helter Skelter looms large for many of us and I was actually a bit nervous…