Matchstick Men

By Adam Lippe


Decent showoffy performances, but not much of a movie around it. The final scene pays off more than it should, but honestly, I didn’t care that much. Nicolas Cage has more to work with than say Gone in Sixty Seconds, but a lot of this material shows up in other films all the time, from the facial tics, to the anxiousness, to the typical scams, family crises, etc. Just because they combined it into one, doesn’t make it anymore that simply pleasant and mildly thoughtful, like an innocuous belated birthday card from a relative you barely remember. It’s a “nice” movie to take your grandparents to.

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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.