You will see me one more time if you do good. You will see me two more times if you do bad.
”The Vietnamese are very intelligent, you never know what they think. They tell the Russian ones who help them, 'Come and give us your money, we are all Communists. Chinese, give us guns, we are all brothers.' They hate the Chinese! Maybe they hate the Americans less than the Russians and the Chinese. If tomorrow the Vietnamese are Communists, they will be Vietnamese Communists. And this is something that you never understood, you Americans.
You are fighting for the biggest nothing…
"You see a piece of film of someone. You look at her as she looks at you. You have no idea what she was thinking that moment. And you never will. It is gone forever, with all the millions of other things that happened that moment."
I believe that the quote above may be the closest thing to a mission statement in Curtis' filmography. It's at least precisely what I cherish about his work. A million little moments, from the…
This plays like a superhero origin story, and more effectively so than most superhero movies. You get the troubled past, reconnecting with your destiny, assembling the crew, leveling up with minor villains, culminating in a true passing of the torch with a powerful symbol. A fancy pair of shorts, in this case.
It’s also a reverse Fresh Prince. White collar rich kid leaves his family and LA mansion to fight on the streets of Philly, living with a kind of…
This has a sense of time and place like almost nothing else I’ve seen.
For something entirely different that’s not on Letterboxd, check out Crisis in Levittown, a short report on the first black family to integrate into a white neighborhood. Now that truly exists in a moment.
My recent 30th birthday felt more like a funeral than anything else. Something about that number just feels like the death of all youthful promise. I never possessed anything quite so special as Lenny Cooke, but I certainly had the tools to be something much more than I am. I've spent the subsequent months somberly eulogizing my life. A eulogy never feels like it amounts to much, even for a rich, full life. Watching Lenny's own 30th birthday party felt…
As much as the character of Borat is about unearthing the hatred lurking just beneath the surface, I found that this film revealed the depth of humanity we all possess. The complex nature of all humans, good and bad, usually within the same vessel.
The QAnon duo that house Borat represent just about everything that I oppose, yet I still found myself rooting for them. They were clearly brimming with enthusiasm and life, only pointed in a horrifying and damaging…