Buffalo Soldiers

By Adam Lippe

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Halfway amusing, halfway obvious satire about the American army trying to kill time and make money while in Berlin in 1989. Because they are mostly former criminals, forced into the military to avoid jail time, they devise ways to abuse the black market. I smiled a few times and I giggled once or twice. Joaquin Phoenix is acceptable in the lead, Scott Glenn plays a part he’d done a 100 times as the villain, Ed Harris is goofy for once, Anna Paquin is cute. The ending is annoyingly cute and a cop-out considering the darker material that preceded it. Like Three Kings mixed with Stripes, but without fangs.

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Roadracers

By Adam Lippe

Whenever there’s a genre parody or ode to a specific era of films, such as Black Dynamite’s mocking of Blaxploitation films or Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, the second half of Grindhouse, the danger is that the film might fall into the trap of either being condescending without any particular insight, or so faithful that it becomes the very flawed thing it is emulating.

Black Dynamite has nothing new to say about Blaxploitation films, it just does a decent job of copying what an inept [...]


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On Cold Fish:

Though the 16 year old me described the 1994 weepie Angie, starring Geena Davis as a Brooklyn mother raising her new baby alone, as “maudlin and melodramatic,” Roger Ebert, during his TV review, referring to the multitude of soap-operaish problems piling up on the titular character, suggested that it was only in Hollywood where Angie would get a happy ending. “If they made this movie in France, Angie would have shot herself.”

Well Cold Fish was made in Japan, where Angie would have shot herself and that would have been the happy ending.