Tag: Review

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Mini Movie/TV reviews.. Over my vacation, I discovered Google Play on my Android, and it’s shaping up to be a really solid streaming choice for film and television geeks like me. Disclaimer:  I watch a lot of film and television because I produce the stuff and I learn from other craftsmen (with bigger budgets!), but..

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Ice Men

Mad Men Didn’t End.  It Unraveled.. Of course, Mad Men is a well written, well observed, beautifully art-directed show, or we wouldn’t be talking about it. I wish there were more shows like this in production, but I’ll start by  telling you why my twenty year old daughter couldn’t watch it: “It’s too cold,” she..

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Galaxy Quest, Without the Depth

Why did I pay good money to watch Birdman? Not sure. It might have been a convergence of social media feed-strength, along with the vague sense that someone — Michael Keaton — had been nominated for something Birdmanish.  I don’t remember Keaton in much of anything lately, and maybe he finally found something he liked…

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Reviews: Drinking Buddies, Thanks for Sharing

Drinking Buddies (2013) Kate (Olivia Wild) is what you might call the hospitality girl for a brand new Chicago brewery.  She introduces the brew to bar and restaurant owners, and she’s the prettiest, and only, girl in the small company’s employ.  She dates music producer Chris (Ron Livingston, Band of Brothers), and this relationship appears..

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Review: Frances Ha (2012)

The Undateable We don’t come by honesty naturally.  If we aren’t born liars, we learn exactly what people want to hear very early on, and we spend much of our lives floating partial truth trial balloons.  If our friends and loved ones shoot those down, we go back to managing our fictional version of self…

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Reviews: Angel, Eden, Red Corner

Something is wrong with me.  I liked all of these films. Mini-Reviews: Angels’ Share • Red Corner • Eden Angels’ Share (2012) It bothers me that Netflix doesn’t have a “UK Tall Tales from the  Pub” category.  You know:  Waking Ned Devine, Brassed Off, The Stone of Destiny.  I just love this stuff — Jolly old..

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Review: Stolen Lives,

Stolen Lives (2009) If the people who make Hallmark television movies ever decided to spice things up with a lingering, forensic eye on dead bodies and a little Morena Baccarin porch humping, it might look something like this curiously lifeless crime drama, which really should have its own caution tape wrapped around it.  It features a..

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Review: Wish, Stand, Reader, Mean, Blackfish

Wish You Were Here (2012) I have a weakness for movies about western couples who visit some exotic third world hell hole and wonder what in the world they were thinking when they planned the trip. Moral of the story:  stay away from Cambodia.   This was extremely well executed, with incredible performances by Joel Edgerton..

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