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Shane Black's Downey Jr. Trilogy (uncredited)

Last night we had a movie night and lightening show while watching The Nice Guys (2016).

The long hello.

I bought the blu-ray of this based on the strong word of mouth and the good track record of Shane Black's two previous movies Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3. This movie fits well with the other detective-style movies that I enjoy: The Long Goodbye, The Big Lebowski, Inherent Vice and Jackie Brown. This brings in a few wrinkles to the mini-genre that are welcome. It uses three child actors who act like adults, and plays with hallucinations in a non-drug way.

During the movie we were treated by the sight of the most active cloud to cloud lightening storm I have ever seen where there were multiple lightening bolts in the clouds in the distance per second for a prolonged period covering almost all the duration of the movie. Because of this spectacle we turned the lights out in the apartment to be able to see out the window while watching the TV and it was the first time we had gone completely dark to watch a movie in a long time.

This was a fun movie to watch. I got very excited to see Robert Downey Jr. playing a corpse in an uncredited role (although it's pretty likely it was a dummy in his likeness) as he was the lead in Shane Black's other two movies. I recommend this film, I think it fits nicely with the other best films of the year and may sit near the top of the list with Midnight Special sitting at number one.

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