The Nice Guys

nice guys ryan gosling russell crowe

Aside from Tarantino, Shane Black is probably my favorite screenplay writer.  The creator of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Last Boy Scout, and Lethal Weapon has displayed a great flair for weaving cutting and clever dialogue within tales of mysterious dead bodies, corruption, and mismatched partnerships.  I’m a firm believer that cursing is an art form and Black is the Picasso of harsh tongue.

In Black’s most recent project, The Nice Guys, a wise-cracking P.I. (Ryan Gosling) teams up with a professional tough guy (Russell Crowe) to investigate a missing girl and some shady dealings within the booming adult film industry of 1970’s Hollywood.  It’s one part action-comedy, one part noir, and is a true delight from start to finish.  By far the funniest movie I’ve seen this year.  Tier 1 – RATED GREG

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