Review: Good Men, Good Women (Hou, 1995)

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1. In reviewing Three Times, Roger Ebert has this to say about Hou Hsiao-Hsien: “The movie distribution system of North America is devoted to maintaining a wall between you and Hou Hsiao-hsien,” I wrote… Continue reading

Review: Enlightened, Season 1 (White and Dern, 2011)

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We originally started watching this HBO series because my friend is friends with one of the show’s producers, and he got us tickets to a panel about Enlightened at the 13th annual SF… Continue reading

Retrospective: Philip Seymour Hoffman

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I was shocked when my friend told me Sunday morning that Philip Seymour Hoffman had died of an apparent heroin overdose. There is something about these public figures that make us feel as… Continue reading

Review: Chicken with Plums (Paronnaud & Satrapi, 2011)

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I am taking a break from Oscar reviewing to watch the four movies I had already borrowed from the library before embarking on this project. The first of these is Chicken with Plums,… Continue reading

Review: Dallas Buyers Club (Vallée, 2013)

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I watched this movie reluctantly. It seemed like it would be another film that poked at some interesting little tidbit of history while letting a maturing actor showcase his talent. But it’s always… Continue reading

Review: The Wolf of Wall Street (Scorsese, 2013)

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I was the one who insisted on watching this movie on New Year’s Day with my in-laws, knowing nothing about the film except that it was another Scorsese-DiCaprio partnership and, obviously, had something… Continue reading

Review: American Hustle (Russell, 2013)

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You would think from watching some of the trailers on TV that Jennifer Lawrence was the main actress in this film. Everyone’s ga-ga over her performance, and I get it–Lawrence is magnificently entertaining… Continue reading

Looking Ahead: The 2014 Oscars

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Now that Sundance is over, my good friend and fellow movie fiend suggested that I take on the films in the running for the 2014 Best Picture Oscar, as well as those nominated… Continue reading

Review: Smashed (Ponsoldt, 2012)

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I swear I don’t just watch Sundance movies. The fact that this film was a Special Jury Winner (for “Excellence in Independent Film Producing”) in the 2012 film festival is pure coincidence. The… Continue reading

Reactions: 2014 Sundance Film Festival Awards

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The Sundance Institute announced the award winners for its 2014 festival last night. The major ones (i.e. the ones that people pay attention to) were given out as follows: U. S. Grand Jury… Continue reading