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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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Drive

What do you do? I drive. I don’t usually come away from a movie thinking “instant classic.” Usually those labels are tried out on movies that don’t come near earning them.  It’s not necessarily a good movie that is a … Continue reading

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

He says there’s a mole right at the top of the circus.  That he’s been there for years. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) is still playing in US theaters, but it’s available on DVD in the UK.  That’s how I’m … Continue reading

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Lars and the Real Girl

Do you think I could bring my girlfriend?  Sometimes people snap.  That snapping is the central premise of any number of films.  One can ask whether or not people can ever really get glued back together.  They say of alcoholics … Continue reading

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