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5/31: Boyhood
January 5, 2015 – 3:43 PM | 3 Comments
5/31: <em>Boyhood</em>

I watched Boyhood a couple of weeks ago, and I've been trying to find a way into my write-up ever since.

4/31: Foxcatcher
January 4, 2015 – 12:20 PM | 4 Comments
4/31: <em>Foxcatcher</em>

"But it's still a true crime story bloated into looking significant," David Edelstein sighs of Foxcatcher in his review, and I concur with the "bloated into looking significant" part while having to take issue with …

3/31: The Art Of The Steal
January 3, 2015 – 9:00 AM | 3 Comments
3/31: <em>The Art Of The Steal</em>

My father observed years ago that the best you can hope for from the government is a C-plus, an idea I've come back to many times.

2/31: In A Town This Size
January 2, 2015 – 8:59 AM | 3 Comments
2/31: <em>In A Town This Size</em>

Patrick V. Brown's combination film and testimony, In A Town This Size, is shot short and plain.

1/31: Video Games: The Movie
January 1, 2015 – 9:00 AM | 2 Comments
1/31: <em>Video Games: The Movie</em>

Video Games: The Movie doesn't pretend it isn't enthusiastic about and spirited in defense of its titular medium, and it's quite effective at shilling for video games; I renewed my GameFly subscription shortly after watching …

31 Films In 31 Days II: Revenge Of The Netflix Queue
December 16, 2014 – 10:18 AM | 13 Comments
31 Films In 31 Days II: Revenge Of The Netflix Queue

Coming in January: cinemasochism redux!

The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: Hoop Dreams
December 5, 2014 – 11:45 AM | 5 Comments
The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: <em>Hoop Dreams</em>

The docu classic got jobbed by Oscar 20 years ago. Will it get a PFM Couch Of Fame cushion?

The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: Apollo 13
October 31, 2014 – 1:27 PM | 25 Comments
The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: <em>Apollo 13</em>

Houston, we have absolutely no problem with this at all.

Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: Jaws
October 14, 2014 – 12:01 PM | 12 Comments
Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: <em>Jaws</em>

We're going to need a bigger couch.

Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: Clueless
September 16, 2014 – 1:34 PM | 34 Comments
Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: <em>Clueless</em>

YOU try driving in platforms.