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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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To the Wonder

There’s something missing. Brace yourself, readers, this is going to be a painfully positive review of Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder (2013).  There are so many reasons not to like this movie if you are a populist at heart as … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day

I’m a god. I’m not the God, I don’t think. When it comes to consensus favorites, I hold to the following theory: If I like it and most don’t, I’m right and they’re wrong, but if I don’t care for … Continue reading

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The Kid Stays in the Picture

The one thing I’m not is prone to exaggeration. Affectation.  Noun.  1. Behavior, speech, or writing that is artificial and designed to impress. 2. A studied display of real or pretended feeling.  If you are ever researching Hollywood, I recommend … Continue reading

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Trance

It used to be anyone could steal a painting. Would you know it?  Another opening, another show and another Q&A with the director afterwards (in the theater, not one on one).  So, I got to listen to Danny Boyle talk a … Continue reading

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Spring Breakers

Let’s get that cash and let’s go on spring break. This isn’t what you think it is.  If you’ve read a review for Spring Breakers (2013) already, then you probably know that.  This movie is a perspective on spring break that … Continue reading

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The Place Beyond the Pines

There’s a way out of this.  You’re not gunna like it. After the film tonight, there will be a Question and Answer period with the director and co-writer, Derek Cianfrance.  Bonus.  I wrote, not long ago, about expectations and how … Continue reading

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Blue Valentine

How can you trust your feelings when they can just disappear like that? What I was expecting from Blue Valentine (2010) was a kind of Sid and Nancy (1986) story of two people who are meant to be together but are just toxically … Continue reading

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There Will Be Blood

Drainage! Expectation is a terrible thing.  Expect too much and you’ll be disappointed, expect too little and your liable to be proven right, expect exactly right and you will walk away basically satisfied but never surprised.  The best you can … Continue reading

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Stoker

We are not responsible for what we come to be. Sometimes I worry about myself.  I was taking in the air after seeing the movie Stoker (2013) and thought to myself, “They’re making movies for me.”  That’s a darkish confession because … Continue reading

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