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The Big Short

Just stop dancing. “Everything changed after 9/11.” Is there a single phrase that was said more times more earnestly by smart people? In the aftermath of that event, the world was provided with a single, clear, and incredibly complicated lesson about … Continue reading

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The Counselor

Do you know a bolo is? Novelist Cormac McCarthy sat down in the theater to see what Ethan and Joel Coen had made of his book No Country for Old Men (2007) and thought it was pretty weak tea.  That’s when he started writing The Counselor (2013), his … Continue reading

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World War Z

Movement is life. In the realm of the supernatural genre, there are significant differences.  There are vampire movies, exorcism movies, demon movies, beast movies (ranging from aliens to homicidal maniacs with some mythology attached), werewolf movies, zombie movies, and magical … Continue reading

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Inglourious Basterds

You know what Utivitch, I think this might just be my masterpiece. I got this idea during the last fifteen minutes of Inglourious Basterds (2009) and I just couldn’t shake it.  You all know what the movie is about, I suspect, … Continue reading

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Moneyball

It’s hard not to be romantic about baseball. You’ve got to admire what they did to make Moneyball (2011).  While personnel shifted, there was always a core of individuals with a history of making dark, thoughtful films.  Director Bennett Miller’s previous … Continue reading

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The Tree of Life

Life goes on.  People pass along.  Nothin’ stays the same. Terrence Malick, at his best, is bewitching.  He casts a spell of deep calm.  This is true despite the opening suggestion for The Tree of Life (2011):  “For optimal sound reproduction, … Continue reading

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Killing Them Softly

We’re not the only smart guys in the world. We’re coming up to the time where we have to ask ourselves “What was the best movie of the year?”  From what I’ve seen, I suspect the best is yet to … Continue reading

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