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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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Only God Forgives

Time to meet the devil. As someone who thought Drive (2011) should have won the Oscar that year, I was very excited about Only God Forgives (2013).  I didn’t want to read anything about it or see any clips from it.  … 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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Gangster Squad

You tell them Los Angeles belongs to Mickey Cohen. Gangster Squad (2013) stands at the intersection of three movies: L.A. Confidential (1997), The Untouchables (1987), and Dick Tracy (1990).  Damn, that must have sounded awesome in the pitch room.  “Wait, and you’re telling me we’ve got Josh Brolin, Ryan … Continue reading

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Half Nelson

I do it now to get by, but now, I can handle it. Another teacher movie?  Man, that’s like two.  Don’t worry, man, Half Nelson (2006) is like a drug movie too, so there’s that.  Drugs?  Man, I don’t know if that’s … Continue reading

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Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Be better than the Gap.  Say it. Salty and sweet.  It’s such a great idea.  Like pretzel M&M’s or trail mix.  I don’t think I’d like pretzel M&M’s, but I do like trail mix.  I also like sad comedies.  They … Continue reading

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