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Biopic Hazards

11 Feb

Lemme tell you a story. It’s about a young boy from the backwoods of somewhere. He’s a smart kid from a broken home. Dad’s a drunkard with a temper who leaves them when the boy’s five. Mom’s a kind-hearted soul who tries her best. One day, the boy – for he is a boy – […]

A Most(ly) Good Year (for Film)

21 Jan

2014 was a crappy year for the world, but a wonderful year for movies. Just one look at the Oscar nominations (which I still don’t think matter that much) proves that. Yes, it is shockingly white and male, but that should not detract from the quality. Out of the eight nominees for Best Picture four can […]

“Foxcatcher” – A Review

18 Nov

Sidney Lumet’s 1975 film, Dog Day Afternoon subscribes to the idea that truth is stranger than fiction, or as a great man once said, “You can’t make this shit up.” Dog Day is based on the true story of a man who robs a Brooklyn bank to pay for his boyfriend’s sex-change operation, which you […]

“Interstellar” – A Review

10 Nov

The Earth is dying. We killed it. We took it and used it up without thinking. We were callous and indifferent and now we are all going to die. Or our children or grandchildren are going to die. That could easily be the premise of the film entitled The World We Live in or Soon […]

“Listen Up Philip” and “Birdman” – Reviews

25 Oct

Oh to be an artist! The, fame! The fortune! The women!!! The acclaim of the critics. The applause of an adoring audience. The bestseller list. Numero Uno at the box office. A Hotsy Boffo Weekend. The awards! The adulations!! The women!!! The young up-and-coming artist fantasizes about this bounty, while the older, established one will […]

“St. Vincent” and “Whiplash” – Reviews

18 Oct

The career of Bill Murray has become more myth than career. He is no longer merely an actor; Bill Murray is a slice of contemporary performance art, showing up at weddings and Bar Mitzvahs, his ho-hum face plastered on t-shirts across the hipsterverse. He is an icon of nerdy coolness, the serene man-child of Americana. […]

The Mediocrities

24 Sep

The first Stephen King book I read was The Dead Zone. Immediately after that I read The Shining and scared the living shit out of myself. I was twelve. According to my people, I wasn’t even a man. Soon I began this ceaseless gluttony of Stephen King books. I recall freshman year in high school […]

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” – A Review

10 Aug

Yesterday morning I created the following Facebook status: So as so some of you know I write an occasional movie review. If I get, oh let’s say, 15 likes for this status, I will subject myself to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and write of my experiences. I should state from the outset that there is […]

“Guardians of the Galaxy” – A Review

4 Aug

We go to the movies to forget our troubles. We’re sad or lonely, worried about work or money or the way of the world. We enter the darkened theater and forget all about that for a couple of hours. If the movie is really great, we leave in a state of euphoria, the wispy remnants […]

“Lucy”/”Magic in the Moonlight” – Two(!) Reviews

28 Jul

  Intelligence, rationality, and mild misanthropy are on the docket with these two mid-summer entries. Both Luc Besson’s Lucy and Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight are nothing more than moderately enjoyable trifles, though this estimation still makes them better than most warm weather fare. Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), a stupid American tourist dabbling in post-college […]