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Seeing as how I’ve watched Angel and Buffy The Vampire Slayer in their entirety at least four times each, I decided it was time to seek out a new sci-fi/fantasy television series. My requirements were modest: first, I knew that my new addiction would have to contain serious amounts of sarcasm and wit. Second, I wanted a show with cheesy/semi-laughable special effects, because half the fun is in th ... Continue Reading

Posted: April 14th, 2008

*To commemorate the death of Roy Scheider: We are SO going to need a bigger boat. The 1975 movie "Jaws" is set on the small, fictitious island of Amity. This seemingly irrelevant fact gives us a secret glimpse into the real Jaws. This second Jaws is an extraordinary metaphorical tale about economic evolution and anxiety in America. From some of the first words uttered by the town’s mayor, “Am ... Continue Reading

Posted: February 14th, 2008

It would be easy to paint There Will Be Blood into a corner, and indeed some critics have. Premiere’s Glenn Kenny, for example, said that this movie has “a very idiosyncratic satanic figure at its core.” Nonsense. This is big-hearted movie, and the main character, “oil man” Daniel Plainview, is such a stunningly written and acted creation that he resists any efforts to read him as an allegory or s ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 17th, 2008

Oh, to see a historical movie with my historian sister! Historical liberties and unintentional anachronisms in film most often for me are filed under "creative license" and routinely ignored, whereas with a specialist around, I am repeatedly reminded that the Spartans were actually the gay ones, not the Persians, and Xerxes did not resemble RuPaul on opium. So naturally, I was pleased to hear th ... Continue Reading

Posted: December 30th, 2007

Viggo Mortensen may be the quietest actor to ever lead a Hollywood epic franchise. His underrated role in the Lord of the Rings trilogy was all but overwhelmed by those films’ excesses of noise, CGI-crafted wonder, and non-human characters. Underneath the talking trees and battle sequences, however, was the subtler story in which Mortensen’s Aragorn slowly came to grips with his responsibilities a ... Continue Reading

Posted: December 18th, 2007

I'm Not There was a hoot. I wasn't a Bob Dylan fan in any way until about 3 months ago, when I decided he was cool after giving Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited a listen. This dude was a laugh riot--for all this time I associated him with mealy-mouthed so-and-so's I'd meet at Columbia University who wanted to be sure everyone realized how sensitive they were. But when I finall ... Continue Reading

Posted: November 28th, 2007

The Coen brothers’ movies always brim with talky eccentrics: think of John Turturro’s Bernie Bernbaum in Miller’s Crossing, pleading desperately for his life; John Goodman as Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski relating everything in that shaggy dog tale to his tours in ’nam; or of George Clooney’s Ulysses McGill giving a stirring defense of pomade in O Brother, Where Art Thou?. The Coens have alwa ... Continue Reading

Posted: November 16th, 2007

With The Darjeeling Limited, Wes Anderson successfully completes his transition from director to brand name. It’s been a long time coming – since The Royal Tenenbaums at least, although some even say Rushmore. In those movies, Anderson’s mixture of whimsy and pathos, his immaculately composed widescreen shots, and his love of slow-motion and the British Invasion all combined to make films that wer ... Continue Reading

Posted: November 6th, 2007

Nearly thirty years have passed since the initial release of Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven, and the legend of its creation and reception have threatened to overshadow the film itself for nearly as long. David Denby called it “one of the most perversely undramatic, uninvolving, and senseless movies ever made,” while Pauline Kael disparaged it as “an empty Christmas tree: you can hang all your du ... Continue Reading

Posted: November 6th, 2007

Somewhere in my parent’s shed is my comic book collection, hundreds—if not thousands—of books, bagged and boarded, packed away in watertight Rubbermaid containers. Amongst that collection is the entire Death and Return of Superman series, which depicts the epic battle with the bloodthirsty, unstoppable Doomsday and the subsequent destruction and resurrection of Superman. The arc was little more ... Continue Reading

Posted: October 22nd, 2007

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