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All This Mayhem: Skating by
April 20, 2015 – 7:13 PM | 4 Comments
<em>All This Mayhem</em>: Skating by

Eddie Martin’s portrait of Aussie skate champs Ben and Tas Pappas, All This Mayhem, is edited well enough that it takes a while to realize how little it’s telling you.

Living history: Mangione’s The Dream And The Deal
April 19, 2015 – 10:57 AM | No Comment
Living history: Mangione’s <em>The Dream And The Deal</em>

It’s hard to describe what I found so appealing about Jerre Mangione’s The Dream And The Deal.

The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: The Matrix Trilogy
April 14, 2015 – 11:45 AM | 19 Comments
The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: <em>The Matrix</em> Trilogy

I know poppy-fu.

The Last Stand: The unknowable
April 10, 2015 – 3:13 PM | 13 Comments
<em>The Last Stand</em>: The unknowable

I wondered, at a certain point in Nathaniel Philbrick’s detailed narrative of Custer’s Last Stand, why he was spending such a long time on other soldiers in another company, on another hill, trying to survive …

Sympathy For The Dullsville
March 16, 2015 – 12:15 PM | One Comment
Sympathy For The Dullsville

Robert Greenfield’s Exile On Main St. is a season in hell with thirdhand gossip.

The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: The Shawshank Redemption
February 20, 2015 – 9:12 AM | 31 Comments
The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: <em>The Shawshank Redemption</em>

That’s goddamn right.

The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: October Sky
February 2, 2015 – 10:50 AM | 8 Comments
The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: <em>October Sky</em>

Reader Mike counts us down.

31/31: Beautiful Darling
January 31, 2015 – 9:27 AM | No Comment
31/31: <em>Beautiful Darling</em>

Beautiful Darling has a sweet nostalgic sadness to it, like its subject, the former James Slattery who became a Warhol-Factory “Superstar.”

30/31: The Imitation Game
January 30, 2015 – 9:02 PM | 5 Comments
30/31: <em>The Imitation Game</em>

“No, not that one, Nana; the other one, with Sherlock.”

29/31: Life Partners
January 29, 2015 – 9:49 PM | 2 Comments
29/31: <em>Life Partners</em>

I would tell you that we’ve now reached the point in 31 Films In 31 Days when we pick our movies based on how short they are…