A GENUINE FORGER

A French documentary about Guy Ribes, who has the most amazing ability to mimic the styles of the most collected artists in the world. He didn’t slavishly copy their work; instead, he adopted the styles of artists as diverse as Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and, in collaboration with crooked dealers, passed off his pieces as genuine originals. He’s free now after being sentenced for forgery, but he still paints. They show him working on more imitations. His fakes are still listed in prestigious catalogs of rare art. See this film. It’s mind boggling.

FF=0

SULLY

I thought, How can you make a feature film out of a 208-second flight? Turns out a lot of behind-the-scenes drama was cooking after that amazing landing. Turns out the NTSB was trying to hang Sully out to dry for not turning back to LaGuardia or heading to Teterboro in NJ. Turns out this film is worth seeing.
FF=0

ATTACK ON TITAN 1 & 2

Maybe I’m too old or have the wrong ethnic makeup (or a combo of both) to appreciate live-action anime. Visually this packs a wallop, truly audacious, but that wears thin after a while and there’s not enough of a coherent story to carry it. I understand the anime version ran in the neighborhood of 25 hours, so the narrative naturally gets chopped up. Satomi Ishihara managed to stand out in a cast of stock characters.
FF=3.5

THE NICE GUYS

I wanted to like this but was very disappointed. I expect better from Shane Black. I know it’s supposed to be a buddy movie/action-comedy but I simply didn’t buy any of it. Give me something┬áto hang on to! The little girl was cute but didn’t belong in most scenes. Gosling trying to channel Lou Costello after he finds that corpse is just plain embarrassing. I had a few chuckles but the flimsy story doesn’t hold together.
(low FF because I kept hoping things would fall into place; they didn’t)

FF=0

GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)

I seem to be in the minority (as usual) but I liked the cast and had some good laughs from this. If the 1984 film had never been made, this might have been the start of a franchise. But the 1984 film is in the canon, and its iconic cast and jaw-dropping succession of outrageous twists, culminating in the humongous Stay Puft marshmallow man, make this come off as an also-ran. Too much deja-vu / been-there-done-that to make me want another look.
FF=2.

HIS GIRL FRIDAY

After seeing “The Front Page” on B’way, I rented this 1940 adaptation by Howard Hawks. The central character, Hildy, is changed to a woman (Rosalind Russell) and Walter Burns is not only her editor but her ex-husband. The gender switch works, adding romantic conflict to an already very busy storyline. But the real star here is Howard Hawks and his trademark overlapping dialogue. How you direct three actors all talking at once and keep it comprehensible is beyond me. But he does it. I sit and watch/listen with jaw agape. There’s real chemistry between Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell and the film flies along.
FF=0

BATMAN V SUPERMAN

Nowhere near as bad as I was led to believe. The effects were excessive and the direction/editing cornfusing at times, but I was more engaged than I expected. High point: Gal Gadot as WW; Linda Carter go away, this Gal (sorry) owns the part. (Must see WW feature.) Low point: Jesse Eisenberg as LL; wrong-wrong-wrong for the part; get Corey Stoll next time.
FF=2