Joy (2015)

This is a messy, messy movie. There’s interesting elements in there (Lawrence’s performance is generally strong, the production value is high, the cast generally works well together), but the whole thing just feels sour to me. It’s ugly. Not visually, but the story here, it’s just a mess…I was hoping for some sort of interesting…

Hard Eight (Sydney) (1996)

A very stylish Paul Thomas Anderson film. Is it Hard Eight, or Sydney? The Australian in me wants the latter, but Hard Eight is more descriptive. Titles aside, it’s not a masterful triumph like some of PTA’s later films, but it’s certainly a good film in its own right. It starts slow, and spends plenty…