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Curtis Loves Movies [2018] FILM

 

Miami Vice [2006] * * *

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The most action-packed episode of "Bachelor in Paradise" yet!

Seriously, what shitty-ass TV digital format did Mann shoot this on? Not as bad looking as "Public Enemies", but it pales in comparison to his work on film.

Yet somehow, I still enjoyed passing the time with this movie. And I'm really digging this end credits cover of "In the Air Tonight". Okay, I must have had too much to drink. That explains it.


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Curtis Loves Movies [2018] FILM

 

Searching [2018] * * * * *

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What I wanted and more. I'm a sucker for these gimmick movies. I bought into found footage right from the start and it's still one of my favorite formats. This whole "screenlife" approach to storytelling is really exciting to me. First horror with "Unfriended" et al, and now a genuinely thrilling mystery thriller.

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I believed John Cho's performance 100%. And I didn't expect to feel such emotion for these characters. I loved the up ending too. I was SURE she was dead. Not just plot-wise, but it seemed like tonally it would have been way too cheesy and inconsistent to have a happy ending. Then we get the revelation about the rain! And there I am, like a sucker, whispering to myself, "I hope she's alive, I hope she's alive." Movies can get away with anything as long as they get me wanting it first.
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That point about the rain brings up another thing that I really appreciated - the way information and events from early in the film were repurposed for the twists at the end. This economy of storytelling (using things in your story more than once to get the most out of them) is something I love. (Edgar Wright is a master at doing that.)

Apparently the guy who produced this has like nine more "screenlife" movies he's developing. Count me in for all of them.


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