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To The Wonder: Malick Pixie Dream Girls
December 17, 2013 – 10:00 AM | 5 Comments
<em>To The Wonder</em>: Malick Pixie Dream Girls

Terrence Malick’s storytelling style is so valuable; it creates so many opportunities and points of view. It opens things up. But it opens itself up to parody so easily, and it’s difficult for any other …

Les Miserables: Uch, haine
February 7, 2013 – 7:17 PM | 30 Comments
<I>Les Miserables</I>: Uch, <I>haine</I>

Never have I been so delighted to break a review screener in half as instructed. Les Miserables is everything I mean when I say I hate musicals: loud, obvious, sincere, leaden, fucking goddamn endless. Every …

TN Read-Along #14: The Great Influenza Discussion Thread
March 20, 2012 – 2:37 AM | 18 Comments
TN Read-Along #14: <I>The Great Influenza</I> Discussion Thread

Institutions are a strange mix of the mass and the individual. They abstract. They behave according to a set of rules that substitute both for individual judgments and for the emotional responses that occur whenever …

22/31: The Woodmans
December 22, 2011 – 3:04 PM | 4 Comments
22/31: <I>The Woodmans</I>

The Woodmans is a really interesting movie and also an uncomfortable mess, much like one of its subjects, and I don’t quite know how to go about reviewing it, or even describing how I reacted …

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 …

Beautiful Fools
September 27, 2011 – 8:21 PM | 27 Comments
Beautiful Fools

By the time I turned twenty, I had come to despise Zelda Fitzgerald. It was no fault of hers. I knew nothing about her, really, except that she had married F. Scott and lost her …

The NC Double Shot Round of 64, Flight 3
May 20, 2011 – 10:04 AM | 39 Comments
The NC Double Shot Round of 64, Flight 3

Today’s write-ups by Sarah D. Bunting. Confused? Click here. Don’t know the ingredients? Google, baby.
1 Martini / Gibson vs. 16 Pink Lady. I used to have a boyfriend who refused to eat potato salad because …

The Crushed Film Festival presents: Taps
May 5, 2011 – 4:30 PM | 18 Comments
The Crushed Film Festival presents: <I>Taps</I>

The Movie: Taps
The Crush Object: Timothy Hutton
The Story: Brian Moreland (Hutton), a rising senior at Bunker Hill Military Academy, has just gotten a promotion to head cadet; he even got to sip brandy and shoot …

Waste Land
February 13, 2011 – 11:39 AM | One Comment
<em>Waste Land</em>

Sarah 29, Death Race 27 (YEAH THAT’S RIGHT); 13 of 24 categories completed
Joe R put it best in a series of tweets last night after we’d seen it, so I’ll just quote him:

Oscars 2011 Death Race Preview: Shutter Island
January 24, 2011 – 11:05 AM | 21 Comments
Oscars 2011 Death Race Preview: <I>Shutter Island</I>

It’s tempting to blow Shutter Island off with a “there’s no there there,” but there’s a there. It takes the script about an hour too long to arrive at, is the issue, and the story …