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7/31: Gone Girl
January 7, 2015 – 7:09 PM | 7 Comments
7/31: <em>Gone Girl</em>

I really wanted to like Gone Girl, and I thought I might reaaaaally hate it, because I gave up on the book 15 pages in.

6/31: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009)
January 6, 2015 – 2:07 PM | 8 Comments
6/31: <em>The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo</em> (2009)

Nothing beats grudgingly watching one of the "Why's this on here?"s in the ol' Netflix queue and having an unexpectedly good time.

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 | 3 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!

31/31: Pariah
December 31, 2011 – 11:08 AM | One Comment
31/31: <I>Pariah</I>

Get me a beer, please.
It's Sunday morning!
It goes with the spaghetti!
Pariah is in many ways a standard sexual-identity coming-of-age story. Teenager Alike (Adepero Oduye) (and it's pronounced "ah-LEE-kay"…geddit?) is gay, and outside the …

30/31: Red Riding: In The Year Of Our Lord 1974
December 30, 2011 – 11:54 AM | 10 Comments
30/31: <I>Red Riding: In The Year Of Our Lord 1974</I>

I get to a point in a film-watching sprint where I begin to wonder if I can recognize a good film any longer. I'll hit a C-minus/D-plus patch, which is usually only two or three …