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Koch: More lights on the bridge
July 21, 2013 – 5:36 PM | No Comment
<em>Koch</em>: More lights on the bridge

I grew up in a Wall Street bedroom community, where the local news isn't really local because…who cares.

Terms And Conditions May Apply
July 11, 2013 – 3:49 PM | 8 Comments
Terms And Conditions May Apply

Let's go out to the lobby, and get ourselves a Couch Baron, again! John Ramos produced another fine film, Terms And Conditions May Apply, and I'm super-happy to plug this one, because 1) it's a …

This Republic of Suffering: Good deaths
June 10, 2013 – 10:22 AM | 5 Comments
<I>This Republic of Suffering</I>: Good deaths

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War is an overview of how Americans managed death, in response to a larger and more sustained barrage of it than anyone could have previously imagined.

Get Happy: Way up high
May 4, 2013 – 10:13 AM | 8 Comments
<I>Get Happy</I>: Way up high

I knew scarcely anything about Judy Garland before I read Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland; I don't know much more about her now.

War of the Worlds: Close Encounters, Take Two
April 30, 2013 – 11:32 PM | 9 Comments
<I>War of the Worlds</I>: <I>Close Encounters</I>, Take Two

A fantastic two hours; I didn't get bored once. I like Tom Cruise so much more when he's playing a borderline douche, as he does here.

Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston
April 16, 2013 – 2:29 PM | One Comment
<I>Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston</I>

An odd documentary whose amateurishness gets the best of it in the end, Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston can't get its arms all the way around Roy Halston Prowick.

Cinemarch Madness: Dear Zachary
April 8, 2013 – 3:33 PM | 30 Comments
Cinemarch Madness: <I>Dear Zachary</I>

After several weeks and many wintry nights of the pop-culture soul, Cinemarch Madness has its champion — and that champion is Dear Zachary.
It's the correct result, in my opinion, although it's a surprise to me, I …

Cinemarch Madness: The Finals
April 2, 2013 – 2:00 PM | 16 Comments
Cinemarch Madness: The Finals

At last, the finals, after which I will probably post nothing but pictures of dwarf bunnies for a week. Heh.

Cinemarch Madness: FAQ
March 30, 2013 – 2:45 PM | No Comment
Cinemarch Madness: FAQ

In which we try to choose the bleakest film of all time — the most depressing, dislocating, hopeless, heartrending, or otherwise difficult movie-watching experience.
How it works
First, a few friends and I spitballed a master list. …

Cinemarch Madness: Brody Division Semifinal
March 29, 2013 – 3:45 PM | 2 Comments
Cinemarch Madness: Brody Division Semifinal

Let's just assume Boys Don't Cry is through — it's got my vote — and talk about the others. The Pianist is good, sad, harsh, et cetera, but is not punching its weight with other …