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A perfect example of why we need to give every film a chance right up to the final credits. I went into this knowing that it's one of the principal movies made about the world of ballet, although that list is a very small one. I know for a fact that this picture didn't create the tired tropes about artists as tortured, miserable creative types who are also often assholes just because they exist in a world where that kind…
I didn't drink the Kool-Aid, and that made all the difference. I was aware of the hype surrounding this film -- oners! told in real time! -- but never really paid attention to it. The worst thing about film hype is that it leaves me going too far in the other direction ("Really? That's it?"). That's probably what happened to me with fellow Best Picture nominee "Parasite," for instance. But because I watched "1917" in a relatively hype-free environment, I…
A morality tale can’t have it both ways, but “I Care a Lot” certainly does try. Movies like these always have options, of course, although nine times out of 10 they ultimately wind up reminding us that crime doesn’t pay (even if it does). After many twists and turns, this film appears to end the only way it really can. And then, right before the final credits, it REALLY ends the only way it can.
The principal problem with it,…