Comparative Review: Goodfellas (Scorcese, 1990)

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Reading critic after critic compare The Wolf of Wall Street (usually unfavorably) with Goodfellas, I felt I had to see the earlier movie for myself. It took me half a year, but I… Continue reading

Review: True Detective, Season 1 (Pizzolatto, 2014)

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True Detective‘s creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto is an author of literary fiction turned screenplay writer, normally a good sign for viewers looking for complex characters, interesting dialogue, and compelling plot. Add to… Continue reading

Review: Girls, Season 3 (Dunham, 2014)

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I’m an avowed fan of Lena Dunham and her HBO series Girls, which finished its third season earlier this year. The first season hooked me, the second season meandered a little, but the… Continue reading

Review: The Short Game (Greenbaum, 2013)

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While not an immersive, perspective-altering documentary by any means, Short Game, a film that follows eight 8-and-under golfers–3 girls and 5 boys–during the months leading up to the extremely competitive U.S. Kids Golf… Continue reading

Review: Fireworks Wednesday (Farhadi, 2006)

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I’ve already mentioned the Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi twice on this blog; he’s quickly becoming one of my favorite directors. Fireworks Wednesday is the earliest movie of his I’ve seen to date. As… Continue reading

Review: Amour (Haneke, 2012)

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Amour was nominated for an Oscar Best Picture last year, a rare achievement for a foreign-language film. (The last time a non-English film was nominated for Best Picture was in 2001: Ang Lee‘s… Continue reading

Review: Submarine (Ayoade, 2010)

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I’ve been looking forward to this film with delicious anticipation for several years, and I was not disappointed. In other words, I declare that director Richard Ayoade‘s first made-for-the-big-screen feature is a success. Submarine, based off… Continue reading

Review: Don Jon (Gordon-Levitt, 2013)

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I apologize for the brief hiatus. Sometimes life gets in the way of watching movies. Don Jon is Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s directorial debut. He and co-star Scarlett Johansson play a version of New Jersey… Continue reading

Review: Inside Llewyn Davis (Coen & Coen, 2013)

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How could I not like a movie that features folk music and a marmalade cat? Aside from that, it also has the usual irresistible Coen brand of cynical hopefulness (or hopeful cynicism?) or… Continue reading

Review: Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013)

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Hmm, where to begin? Having missed Sundance 2013, I first became acquainted with Upstream Color through the film review blog Stand By for Mind Control, where one reviewer called it the best movie of… Continue reading