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Debt to Cinema 096: La Femme Nikita

Leave it to America to make a proudly Parisian film even more French, this Luc Besson romantic thriller bleeds angst and oozes style. Before the two remakes and equally as many American TV adaptations, this is the breakthrough international piece of cinema which made the EuropaCorp president an action impresario and household name #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 089: In the Mood for Love

Anyone who has held a camera knows glass, heaven forbid mirrors, should be avoided at all costs, and yet this acclaimed piece of Hong Kong art cinema lives within the reflections and obscurities melted sand lends to our perception of the world. I go back and forth on the why’s, landing on the nostalgic framing structure Steve missed, for this painting come to life of an era and country that have since come to pass #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 080: The Fly (1986)

After hearing me mention it so many times in passing, Steve finally got around to catching one of my favorite non-romcoms, which just so happens to be one of the best remakes ever made. Many chalk it up as Cronenberg body horror, or a sci-fi creature feature, but come hear me tell how its truly a flawless tragic romance in disguise #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 078: A Guy Named Joe

With how common remakes/new adaptations are in today’s entertainment, we sometimes lose sight of the inspiration behind it all. Steve’s pick of the source for Steven Spielberg’s lesser seen Always (1989), is a hidden gem lost among the clouds featuring some of the stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age and a great message about letting go amidst World War II. I enjoyed my ride with Spencer Tracy so much, another first story outing featuring him will be coming next week.

A Few Dollars More

A Few Dollars More 005: La La Land

I didn’t exactly see the point in discussing this festival darling at greater length, but I think Steve was secretly hinting my recent romance might lead to an interesting discussion. He was right – join us for a no holds barred breakdown of how this fits in the Musical ouevre, our relationship with love, and ultimately just how splendid this picture is.

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Dollar Reviews 030: La La Land

La La Land – both a nickname for Hollywood and the transcendental place couples live in when everything is perfect. In a world where everyone can be a celebrity, this third pairing of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone reminds us why we go the movies in the first place. These star crossed lovers make Damien Chazelle’s landmark re-imagining of the movie musical sparkle in a time where song and dance are rarely coupled anymore. For so many reasons this has been sweeping the 2016 award season and it deserves all the money #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 064: Terms of Endearment

When going through a tough spot in life, movies that make you feel something are the best medicine. I knew I’d probably like this Best Picture winner, but I didn’t think I would be so enamored. There is so much here, its so lifelike, and seeing Nicholson and McClaine’s affair develop is pure bliss. I loved their characters so much I jokingly asked for a sequel during the episode, turns out they made one. Not sure that flick’s worth the time but this one is #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 062: West Side Story

This week I tried something different, I didn’t watch our selection. Coming out of my whirlwind romance made me reluctant sure, but the last time I viewed this Best Picture winner was with my late grandfather, Barry, and I wasn’t quite ready for a revisit. Instead of technical details I share my recollections from having been in a production at the onset of high school #IdBuyThatForADollar

Two Cents

Two Cents 072: The Beginning of the End is the Beginning

The week in which I hopefully share details about my doomed romance for the last time, Tinder goes trans friendly, Domino’s does drone delivery in New Zealand, and Steve caught Terrence Malick’s A Voyage of Time and Brainscan, while I finally checked out Westworld’s pilot and Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival. Also, Google and Facebook crack down on fake news ads, the possible end of the Electoral College, China continues its foothold in the movie industry, Marvel moves Inhumans to the small screen, the curious case of Watch Dogs 2, and a fun closing conversation about the future of VR, gaming, and 8K.

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Debt to Cinema 054: Victoria (2015)

This film is a different breed, a single night in Berlin, a single girl falling in love, and its told in a single shot. This isn’t a movie, this is cinematic truth. With minor detractions, Sebastian Schipper offers us an illusion of reality that defines genre. If High Noon, Before Sunrise, Birdman, and Unfriended had a baby it still wouldn’t be as beautiful as this glimpse at the future of digital filmmaking #IdBuyThatForADollar