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21/31: Albert Nobbs
December 21, 2011 – 8:07 PM | 7 Comments
21/31: <I>Albert Nobbs</I>

Albert Nobbs has two big secrets. One is that he's socking away money, farthing by painstaking farthing, under a floorboard in the servant's quarters, at the hotel where he works as a butler.
The other, and …

20/31: The Artist
December 21, 2011 – 12:33 AM | 6 Comments
20/31: <I>The Artist</I>

My esteemed colleague Couch Baron, blowing off The Artist with the combined force and economy of that air-puff glaucoma test you get at the eye doctor, described the film as, among other things, "so up …

19/31: Coriolanus
December 20, 2011 – 6:24 PM | 4 Comments
19/31: <I>Coriolanus</I>

Adaptations of Shakespeare: not for me. In fact, Shakespeare's plays, page or stage: not for me. Shakespeare's verse is a different story, and yes, I know he wrote the plays in verse, and yes, I…know. …

18/31: Incident at Oglala: The Leonard Peltier Story
December 19, 2011 – 11:00 PM | 2 Comments
18/31: <I>Incident at Oglala: The Leonard Peltier Story</I>

John Douglas has a line in The Cases That Haunt Us where he's wrapping up the Lindbergh case, and after reviewing all the evidence, disputed and otherwise, he's like, "So, did Hauptmann do it? I …

17/31: West Side Story
December 18, 2011 – 8:38 PM | 32 Comments
17/31: <I>West Side Story</I>

I don't like musicals. I realize it's ridiculous to complain that they come off stagey, but they do, and I don't care for it.
But I do like the songs from musicals a lot of times …

16/31: In the Shadow of the Moon, or "A Teeny Oral History of Communally Experiencing the Space Program, Courtesy of My Parents"
December 17, 2011 – 12:14 PM | 11 Comments
16/31: <I>In the Shadow of the Moon</I>, or "A Teeny Oral History of Communally Experiencing the Space Program, Courtesy of My Parents"

I never get tired of the stories of the Apollo missions. Apollo 13, of course, is one of those poppy-fields movies that I can never not watch, and I think I put In the Shadow …

15/31: Rampart
December 15, 2011 – 12:21 PM | 6 Comments
15/31: <I>Rampart</I>

The title of the film refers to the LAPD Rampart scandal of the late '90s, but the story follows a single cop, Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson), who's trying to hold everything together by any means …

14/31: Candyman: The David Klein Story
December 14, 2011 – 7:01 PM | 10 Comments
14/31: <I>Candyman: The David Klein Story</I>

"In life, you only have to be a genius for 15 seconds."
Despite that promising quotation towards the beginning of Candyman: The David Klein Story, and the intermittent presence of Weird Al Yankovic, the documentary is …

13/31: The Help
December 13, 2011 – 9:12 PM | 10 Comments
13/31: <I>The Help</I>

I give The Help sooo much credit; it won me over despite my utter determination to hate it. You can ask Couch Baron, to whom I spent a good ten minutes bitching on IM about …

12/31: Martha Marcy May Marlene
December 12, 2011 – 4:39 PM | 7 Comments
12/31: <I>Martha Marcy May Marlene</I>

I didn't realize how tense I had gotten, physically, while watching Martha Marcy May Marlene until that last black screen. What an outstanding slow build of "can't look"/"can't look away" — you'd think the inciting …