Review: Cutie and the Boxer (Heinzerling, 2013)

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I’m convinced that my favorite documentaries are the ones that place individuals (as opposed to events, movements, or issues) under a microscope. Cutie and the Boxer follows two elderly Japanese artists, Ushio and… Continue reading

My Top Ten (ish) from 2013

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The actual Movie Fiend kindly asked me to repost this. My top ten movies i saw that came out in the theaters last year (some were out in the film festival circuits in… Continue reading

Review: Gravity (Cuarón, 2013)

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By now you all probably have either seen the film or know its premise: astronauts Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) get lost in space–well, not all of space, just… Continue reading

Review: The Square (Noujaim, 2013)

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When I was young my dad used to ask me every so often what my favorite movie was. Invariably, I would name the movie we had mostly recently watched, which he seemed to… Continue reading

Review: Rust and Bone (Audiard, 2012)

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What a misleading trailer (I’m not even going to post it). Watching it created preconceptions about the movie, which turned out to be false and caused me to spend the entire film looking… Continue reading

Review: Blue Jasmine (Allen, 2013)

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I am an avowed hater of Woody Allen movies–at least of the ones I’ve seen (Midnight in Paris, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Match Point, Melinda and Melinda, Crimes and Misdemeanors). I’ve yet to watch one I would recommend… Continue reading

Review: Her (Jonze, 2013)

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  In Her, which takes place in the not-too-distant future, Joaquin Phoenix plays Theodore, a professional letter writer who falls in love with his new operating system Samantha (voice by Scarlett Johansson). I… Continue reading

Review: The Act of Killing (Oppenheimer, 2012)

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I put off writing this review for a few days because I didn’t know how to approach it. I still don’t. Even while I was watching the movie, I knew I would have… Continue reading

Review: Searching for Sugar Man (Bendjelloul, 2012)

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Warning: I apologize in advance for the roughness and confusion of this review. I wrote part of it right after I saw the film when I was so moved as to be rather… Continue reading

Review: The East (Batmanglij, 2013)

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Surprise, surprise—another Sundance movie with Brit Marling (see Another Earth, I Origins). It seems like certain actors work almost exclusively on projects that end up at Sundance (e.g. John Hawkes, Elizabeth Olsen, etc.).… Continue reading