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let_VB
me_PP
open_JJ
this_RB
one_CD
with_IN
a_DT
confession_NN
:_:
i_PP
love_VB
cop_NN
movies_NNS
._.
i_PP
adore_VB
them_PP
with_IN
such_DT
an_DT
unwavering_NN
,_,
near_IN
foolish_JJ
passion_NN
that_CS
i_PP
was_BEDZ
actually_RB
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
first_OD
in_IN
line_NN
to_IN
see_VB
1998_CD
's_BEZ
one_CD
tough_JJ
cop_NN
starring_VBG
the_DT
smirkiest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
baldwin_NP
brothers_NNS
,_,
steven_NP
._.
was_BEDZ
it_PP
any_DT
good_JJ
?_?
well_RB
,_,
just_RB
about_IN
as_CS
good_NP
as_IN
baldwin_NP
's_POS
steven_NP
seagal_NP
impression_NN
(_(
for_IN
those_DT
i've_???
confused_JJ
the_DT
answer_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
resounding_JJ
no_DT
!_!
)_(
._.
now_RB
let_VB
me_PP
clarify_VB
,_,
i_PP
don't_DO
love_VB
just_RB
any_DT
cop_NN
movie_NN
;_;
i'm_???
not_XNOT
too_RB
keen_JJ
on_IN
the_DT
smug_JJ
buddy_JJ
cop_NN
flicks_VBZ
that_CS
were_BED
so_RB
in_IN
vogue_NN
in_IN
the_DT
80_CD
's_BEZ
and_CC
now_RB
slowly_RB
(_(
gulp_NN
)_)
returning_VBG
thanks_NNS
to_IN
jackie_NP
chan_NP
and_CC
chris_NP
tucker_NN
._.
i'm_???
partial_JJ
to_TO
those_DT
gritty_JJ
,_,
earthy_JJ
cop_NN
dramas_NNS
like_IN
serpico_NP
,_,
donnie_NP
brasco_NP
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
french_JJ
connection_NN
._.
problem_NN
is_BEZ
these_DT
films_NNS
come_VB
along_IN
just_RB
about_IN
as_CS
often_RB
as_CS
george_NP
w_NN
._.
bush_NP
makes_VBZ
a_DT
cogent_JJ
point_NN
so_RB
whenever_WRB
a_DT
"_"
true_JJ
"_"
cop_NN
movie_NN
does_DOZ
hit_VB
multiplexes_NNS
,_,
i_PP
come_VB
running_VBG
towards_IN
it_PP
like_IN
an_DT
eager_JJ
puppy_NN
?_?
?_?
?_?
and_CC
inevitably_RB
i_PP
leave_VB
,_,
head_NN
bowed_VBD
,_,
tripping_VBG
over_IN
my_PP$
squiggly_RB
tail_NN
._.
so_RB
what_WDT
is_BEZ
it_PP
about_IN
cop_NN
movies_NNS
that_CS
transform_VB
me_PP
into_IN
a_DT
moron_NN
willing_JJ
to_IN
shell_NN
out_RP
$_???
50_CD
._.
50_CD
for_IN
a_DT
movie_NN
called_VBN
one_CD
tough_JJ
cop_NN
(_(
which_WDT
actually_RB
sounds_VBZ
a_DT
lot_NN
like_IN
a_DT
wiseguy_???
spin-off_NN
,_,
no_DT
?_?
)_)
?_?
truth_NN
is_BEZ
i'm_???
a_DT
sucker_NN
for_IN
those_DT
barren_JJ
streets_NNS
,_,
that_CS
gritty_JJ
,_,
graffiti_NN
strewn_VBN
modernist_NN
jungle_NN
where_CS
dangerous_JJ
criminals_NNS
lurk_VB
and_CC
cops_NNS
,_,
like_IN
modern_JJ
day_NN
knights_NNS
,_,
must_MD
shield_VB
us_PP
from_IN
their_PP$
iniquitous_JJ
clutches_NNS
._.
yes_UH
it_PP
's_BEZ
all_PDT
very_RB
corny_JJ
and_CC
awfully_RB
boys_NNS
clubish_JJ
,_,
which_WDT
,_,
i'm_???
guessing_VBG
,_,
is_BEZ
precisely_RB
where_CS
these_DT
feelings_NNS
come_VB
from_IN
._.
as_CS
little_DT
tots_???
us_NP
boys_NNS
are_BER
brought_VBN
up_RP
to_IN
create_VB
our_PP$
own_DT
wars_NNS
with_IN
gi_???
joe_NP
's_MD
,_,
enact_VB
cops_NNS
and_CC
robbers_NNS
or_CC
cowboy_NN
and_CC
indian_JJ
fantasies_NNS
,_,
etc_RB
._.
the_DT
best_JJS
gritty_JJ
cop_NN
films_NNS
tap_NN
into_IN
those_DT
gleeful_JJ
adolescent_NN
fantasies_NNS
,_,
and_CC
heighten_VB
them_PP
,_,
turning_VBG
it_PP
all_PDT
into_IN
an_DT
existential_JJ
nightmare_NN
of_IN
thin_JJ
moral_JJ
lines_NNS
and_CC
psychological_JJ
chaos_NN
._.
as_CS
an_DT
adult_NN
my_PP$
tastes_NNS
haven't_HV
changed_VBN
all_PDT
that_DT
drastically_RB
;_;
sure_JJ
i_NN
can_MD
get_VB
a_DT
cerebral_JJ
high_JJ
from_IN
the_DT
emotional_JJ
complexities_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
krzysztof_???
kieslowski_NP
film_NN
,_,
but_CC
i_PP
still_RB
delight_VB
at_IN
the_DT
promise_NN
a_DT
"_"
guy_NN
"_"
film_NN
could_MD
potentially_RB
bring_VB
._.
now_RB
what_WDT
if_NN
it_PP
's_BEZ
the_DT
cops_NNS
who're_???
the_DT
corrupt_JJ
ones_NNS
?_?
ooh_UH
that_CS
one_CD
really_RB
gets_VBZ
me_PP
going_VBG
,_,
these_DT
protectors_NNS
using_VBG
all_PDT
that_DT
at_IN
their_PP$
service_NN
,_,
taking_VBG
advantage_NN
of_IN
others_NNS
for_IN
their_PP$
own_DT
gain_NN
._.
throw_VB
a_DT
courtroom_NN
drama_NN
(_(
yech_???
!_!
)_(
into_IN
the_DT
pot_NN
and_CC
you_PP
have_HV
the_DT
tremendously_RB
absorbing_JJ
sidney_NP
lumet_NN
film_NN
prince_NN
of_IN
the_DT
city_NN
._.
how_WRB
absorbing_JJ
is_BEZ
prince_NN
of_IN
the_DT
city_NN
,_,
you_PP
ask_VB
?_?
so_RB
damn_VB
absorbing_VBG
that_DT
when_CS
the_DT
film_NN
shifts_NNS
from_IN
gritty_JJ
undercover_NN
cop_NN
drama_NN
to_IN
courtroom_NN
drama_NN
(_(
a_DT
sub-genre_???
i_NN
loath_JJ
the_DT
way_NN
kristy_NN
swanson_NN
must_MD
loath_JJ
sarah_NP
michelle_NP
gellar_JJ
)_)
i_PP
remained_VBD
completely_RB
and_CC
utterly_RB
involved_JJ
._.
the_DT
film_NN
stars_NNS
treat_VB
williams_NP
,_,
who_WP
gives_VBZ
the_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
performance_NN
that_CS
should_MD
have_HV
skyrocketed_VBN
his_PP$
career_NN
up_RP
to_IN
the_DT
level_NN
that_CS
brad_NP
pitt_NP
currently_RB
resides_VBZ
at_IN
._.
since_CS
i_PP
was_BEDZ
hatched_VBN
a_DT
mere_JJ
two_CD
years_NNS
prior_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
release_NN
of_IN
prince_NN
of_IN
the_DT
city_NN
,_,
i_PP
cannot_NN
provide_VB
an_DT
answer_NN
as_IN
to_IN
why_WRB
it_PP
didn't_DOD
._.
(_(
though_CS
judging_VBG
from_IN
his_PP$
recent_JJ
roles_NNS
in_IN
tripe_NN
like_IN
deep_JJ
rising_JJ
and_CC
dead_JJ
heat_NN
i_PP
would_MD
guess_VB
that_DT
it_PP
probably_RB
has_HVZ
something_PN
to_TO
do_DO
with_IN
quite_RB
a_DT
few_DT
bad_JJ
career_NN
moves_NNS
)_)
._.
like_IN
mickey_NP
rourke_NP
and_CC
eric_NP
roberts_NP
(_(
both_PDT
of_IN
whom_WP
are_BER
currently_RB
doing_DOG
time_NN
in_IN
direct_JJ
to_IN
video_NN
purgatory_NN
)_)
williams_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
talented_JJ
leading_JJ
man_NN
who_WP
didn't_DOD
make_VB
it_PP
to_IN
where_CS
he_PP
should_MD
have_HV
._.
(_(
if_CS
there_RB
was_BEDZ
any_DT
justice_NN
in_IN
this_DT
dog_NN
gone_VBN
world_NN
keanu_???
reeves_NP
would_MD
be_BE
the_DT
one_CD
banished_VBD
to_IN
direct_JJ
to_IN
video_NN
hell_NN
)_)
._.
here_RB
,_,
the_DT
actor_NN
is_BEZ
given_VBN
a_DT
role_NN
not_XNOT
all_RB
that_DT
dissimilar_JJ
from_IN
al_NP
pacino_NP
's_POS
in_IN
serpico_NP
(_(
also_RB
directed_VBN
by_IN
lumet_NN
)_)
._.
williams_NP
plays_VBZ
danny_NP
ciello_NP
,_,
a_DT
member_NN
of_IN
an_DT
elite_NN
squad_NN
of_IN
police_NNS
officers_NNS
who_WP
take_VB
down_RP
drug_NN
dealers_NNS
on_IN
the_DT
gritty_JJ
pre-juliani_NP
streets_NNS
of_IN
new_JJ
york_NP
._.
they_PP
work_VB
without_IN
uniforms_NNS
or_CC
hours_NNS
much_DT
like_IN
paid_VBN
vigilantes_NNS
._.
and_CC
that_CS
analogy_NN
is_BEZ
more_DT
than_CS
apt_JJ
seeing_NN
as_IN
how_WRB
the_DT
bunch_NN
are_BER
kinda_RB
sorta_NP
forced_VBD
into_IN
using_VBG
corrupt_JJ
means_NN
to_IN
get_VB
the_DT
job_NN
done_DON
._.
the_DT
squad_NN
relies_VBZ
entirely_RB
on_IN
informants_NNS
(_(
low_JJ
level_NN
junkies_NNS
)_)
to_IN
gain_NN
access_NN
to_IN
the_DT
big_JJ
wigs_NNS
,_,
and_CC
in_IN
order_NN
to_IN
obtain_VB
the_DT
info_NN
they_PP
seek_VB
,_,
they_PP
sometimes_RB
have_HV
to_TO
provide_VB
the_DT
junkies_NNS
with_IN
the_DT
junk_???
of_IN
their_PP$
choice_NN
._.
danny_NP
has_HVZ
done_DON
this_DT
,_,
and_CC
though_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
fairly_RB
honorable_JJ
guy_NN
,_,
who_WP
took_VBD
the_DT
job_NN
in_IN
order_NN
to_IN
do_DO
good_JJ
,_,
his_PP$
intentions_NNS
have_HV
gotten_VBN
a_DT
bit_NN
skewed_JJ
along_IN
the_DT
way_NN
._.
he_PP
seeks_VBZ
redemption_NN
and_CC
concludes_VBZ
that_CS
the_DT
best_JJS
way_NN
to_IN
go_VB
about_IN
getting_VBG
it_PP
is_BEZ
by_IN
talking_VBG
to_IN
internal_JJ
affairs_NNS
who_WP
then_RB
convince_VB
him_PP
to_IN
go_NN
undercover_NN
as_IN
a_DT
"_"
double_JJ
agent_NN
"_"
._.
he_PP
does_DOZ
so_RB
with_IN
one_CD
condition_NN
:_:
he_PP
will_MD
not_XNOT
rat_NN
on_IN
his_PP$
partners_NNS
._.
right_JJ
away_RB
we_PP
know_VB
that_CS
that_DT
is_BEZ
exactly_RB
what_WDT
he'll_???
have_HV
to_TO
do_DO
._.
and_CC
watching_VBG
the_DT
movie_NN
build_VB
to_IN
that_DT
is_BEZ
thrilling_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
way_NN
that_CS
any_DT
great_JJ
character_NN
driven_VBN
story_NN
can_MD
be_BE
._.
undercover_RB
cop_NN
films_NNS
are_BER
almost_RB
innately_RB
exciting_JJ
,_,
even_RB
the_DT
kind_NN
that_CS
pull_VB
out_RP
all_PDT
the_DT
cliches_NNS
(_(
like_IN
in_CD
too_RB
deep_JJ
)_)
._.
how_WRB
can_MD
one_CD
not_XNOT
be_BE
moved_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
issues_NNS
of_IN
betrayal_NN
,_,
ambiguity_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
danger_NN
in_IN
putting_VBG
oneself_PPX
in_IN
such_DT
a_DT
risky_JJ
position_NN
?_?
prince_NN
of_IN
the_DT
city_NN
takes_VBZ
all_PDT
this_DT
and_VB
charges_NNS
it_PP
with_IN
a_DT
perceptive_JJ
,_,
hard_JJ
boiled_JJ
script_NN
and_CC
taut_JJ
unintrusive_JJ
direction_NN
by_IN
old_JJ
pro_NP
sidney_NP
lumet_NN
,_,
as_CS
well_RB
as_CS
a_DT
handful_NN
of_IN
intense_JJ
performances_NNS
,_,
most_DT
notably_RB
by_IN
treat_NN
._.
lumet_NN
's_POS
greatest_JJS
contribution_NN
to_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
is_BEZ
how_WRB
he_PP
lays_VBZ
back_RP
,_,
and_CC
lets_VBZ
the_DT
camera_NN
soak_NN
up_RP
the_DT
action_NN
._.
his_PP$
scenes_NNS
transition_NN
rapidly_RB
from_IN
one_CD
to_IN
the_DT
next_OD
building_NN
layers_NNS
of_IN
tension_NN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
rarely_RB
holds_VBZ
for_IN
reaction_NN
shots_NNS
,_,
instead_RB
he_PP
clicks_NNS
away_RB
at_IN
precisely_RB
the_DT
moment_NN
a_DT
character_NN
stops_VBZ
yakking_VBG
._.
lumet_NN
's_POS
worst_JJS
tendency_NN
is_BEZ
one_CD
that_DT
many_DT
film_NN
makers_NNS
(_(
especially_RB
oliver_NP
stone_NN
)_)
tend_VB
to_TO
overuse_VB
:_:
he_PP
relies_VBZ
a_DT
little_JJ
too_RB
heavily_RB
on_IN
actors_NNS
shouting_VBG
their_PP$
lines_NNS
at_IN
each_DT
other_JJ
presumably_RB
in_IN
order_NN
to_IN
ratchet_NN
up_RP
the_DT
tension_NN
._.
this_DT
isn't_BEZ
as_CS
much_DT
a_DT
problem_NN
here_RB
as_IN
it_PP
was_BEDZ
in_IN
night_NN
falls_VBZ
on_IN
manhattan_NP
,_,
lumet_NN
's_POS
most_DT
recent_JJ
cop_NN
\_???
lawyer_NN
endeavor_NP
,_,
a_DT
movie_NN
that_CS
nearly_RB
gave_VBD
me_PP
an_DT
ulcer_NN
from_IN
just_RB
watching_VBG
._.
though_CS
of_IN
late_JJ
lumet_NN
has_HVZ
made_VBN
several_DT
really_RB
awful_JJ
career_NN
choices_NNS
(_(
maybe_RB
he_PP
and_CC
treat_VB
should_MD
get_VB
together_RB
for_IN
a_DT
drink_NN
or_CC
something_PN
)_(
,_,
the_DT
most_DT
recent_JJ
a_DT
completely_RB
unnecessary_JJ
remake_VB
of_IN
gloria_NP
,_,
here_RB
he_PP
was_BEDZ
on_IN
,_,
sustaining_VBG
tension_NN
in_IN
a_DT
film_NN
that_CS
runs_VBZ
for_IN
167_CD
minutes_NNS
with_IN
not_XNOT
one_PN
dull_JJ
spot_NN
._.
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
formula_NN
pictures_NNS
i_PP
like_VB
the_DT
best_JJS
are_BER
the_DT
most_DT
simplistic_JJ
._.
hollywood_NP
often_RB
forgets_VBZ
how_WRB
easy_JJ
it_PP
is_BEZ
to_IN
make_NN
these_DT
kinds_NNS
of_IN
pictures_NNS
even_RB
tolerable_JJ
._.
of_IN
course_NN
cop_NN
movies_NNS
aren't_BER
popular_JJ
anymore_RB
(_(
yes_UH
buddy_JJ
cop_NN
flicks_VBZ
are_BER
popular_JJ
but_CC
those_DT
are_BER
more_DT
like_IN
extended_JJ
sitcoms_NNS
with_IN
gunfire_NN
amid_IN
the_DT
punch_NN
lines_NNS
)_)
,_,
but_CC
just_RB
look_VB
at_IN
the_DT
average_JJ
hollywood_NP
action_NN
movies_NNS
,_,
flicks_VBZ
so_RB
bloated_JJ
and_CC
full_JJ
of_IN
unnecessary_JJ
fat_JJ
like_IN
the_DT
boring_JJ
love_NN
interest_NN
that_CS
serves_VBZ
no_DT
purpose_NN
other_JJ
than_CS
to_TO
stall_NN
the_DT
action_NN
and_CC
demonstrate_VB
that_DT
our_PP$
hero_NN
isn't_BEZ
gay_JJ
,_,
the_DT
lame_???
comic_NN
relief_NN
character_NN
who_WP
's_BEZ
never_RB
funny_JJ
,_,
and_CC
on_IN
and_CC
on_IN
._.
for_IN
all_PDT
its_PP$
moral_JJ
ambiguities_NNS
prince_NN
of_IN
the_DT
city_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
back_NN
to_IN
the_DT
basics_NNS
cop_NN
\_???
courtroom_NN
drama_NN
that_CS
leaves_NNS
out_RP
all_RB
the_DT
crap_NN
and_CC
really_RB
thrills_NNS
._.
it_PP
focuses_VBZ
completely_RB
on_IN
its_PP$
story_NN
,_,
and_CC
its_PP$
characters_NNS
all_PDT
of_IN
whom_WP
are_BER
completely_RB
believable_JJ
from_IN
the_DT
cops_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
lawyers_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
junkies_NNS
._.
there_EX
's_BEZ
a_DT
great_JJ
scene_NN
early_JJ
on_IN
where_WRB
an_DT
irate_JJ
williams_NP
shouts_NNS
at_IN
an_DT
ia_???
officer_NN
and_CC
looks_VBZ
as_CS
if_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
about_IN
to_IN
go_NN
into_IN
one_CD
of_IN
those_DT
corny_JJ
braveheart_NN
inspirational_JJ
speeches_NNS
,_,
but_CC
instead_RB
he_PP
breaks_VBZ
down_RP
in_IN
front_NN
of_IN
the_DT
cop_NN
and_CC
begins_VBZ
sobbing_VBG
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
a_DT
scene_NN
that_CS
would_MD
never_RB
make_VB
it_PP
into_IN
a_DT
michael_NP
bay_NN
film_NN
(_(
even_RB
though_CS
bruce_NP
willis_NP
sacrifices_NNS
his_PP$
life_NN
at_IN
the_DT
end_NN
of_IN
armageddon_NP
,_,
not_XNOT
one_CD
damn_JJ
tear_NN
)_)
it_PP
would_MD
be_BE
cut_VBN
out_RP
because_CS
the_DT
director_NN
would_MD
say_VB
oh_UH
that_CS
makes_VBZ
him_PP
too_RB
human_JJ
,_,
excuse_NN
me_PP
,_,
weak_JJ
._.
in_IN
the_DT
very_RB
next_OD
scene_NN
danny_NP
speaks_VBZ
in_IN
a_DT
hushed_JJ
raspiness_NN
,_,
straining_VBG
to_IN
get_VB
the_DT
words_NNS
out_RP
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
lost_VBN
his_PP$
voice_NN
._.
does_DOZ
that_DT
little_JJ
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?_?
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,_,
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it_PP
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night_NN
._.
and_CC
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,_,
greed_NN
,_,
betrayal_NN
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that_DT
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the_DT
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things_NNS
._.