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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 …

11/31: J. Edgar
December 11, 2011 – 4:22 PM | 15 Comments
11/31: <em>J. Edgar</em>

I have no idea what the movie is trying to do. I only know that it fails on almost every level save the acting, and even that isn't great; it's merely not as disastrous as …

10/31: Shame
December 10, 2011 – 8:46 PM | 9 Comments
10/31: <em>Shame</em>

The specific buzz around Shame, and Michael Fassbender's performance, did not fill me with anticipation. Sometimes, when a performance is repeatedly called brave or groundbreaking, the distinction between the bravery or originality of the performance …

9/31: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
December 9, 2011 – 2:13 PM | 22 Comments
9/31: <I>Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy</I>

It has all the tools for a great movie: a good old-fashioned '70s-Cold-War-paranoia plot; a roster of fantastic actors and Hey, It's That Guys, including Colin Firth, Ciaran Hinds, John Hurt, and the dude who …

8/31: Beginners
December 8, 2011 – 3:24 PM | 5 Comments
8/31: <I>Beginners</I>

Watching a lot of movies in a row can scramble the brain, but it can also let those movies reflect on and inform one another. For example, the Oscars Death Race is a time of …

7/31: Meek's Cutoff
December 7, 2011 – 5:46 PM | 7 Comments
7/31: <I>Meek's Cutoff</I>

A one-star reviewer of Meek's Cutoff on the IMDb complained that there's no dialogue for the first 15 minutes. This is one of the many things I liked about the movie. These people have gotten …

6/31: Bill Cunningham New York
December 6, 2011 – 7:45 AM | One Comment
6/31: <I>Bill Cunningham New York</I>

Richard Press's documentary about Times Styles photographer, and chance fashion-world icon, Bill Cunningham, keeps it light for the first hour. The tone is the gently knowing one of PBS specials about James-Cameronian construction projects of …

5/31: Badlands
December 5, 2011 – 9:12 AM | 9 Comments
5/31: <I>Badlands</I>

This is probably the Terrence Malick movie for people who hate Terrence Malick. I do not hate Terrence Malick; I find his work fascinating (with one exception, The Thin Red Line, which I have now …

4/31: The Debt
December 4, 2011 – 5:43 PM | 3 Comments
4/31: <I>The Debt</I>

I don't entirely disagree with Roger Ebert's assessment, in his review of The Debt, that "the film jumps the rails towards the end." The last sequence is highly unbelievable on several levels — the timing; …

3/31: Project Nim
December 3, 2011 – 3:37 PM | 10 Comments
3/31: <I>Project Nim</I>

Words are a fucking nightmare when it comes to closeness, often. … Words became the enemy. — Stephanie LaFarge
Project Nim tells the frustrating story of Nim Chimpsky, a chimpanzee taken from his mother as an …