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Jingle All the Way?

‘Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys’ spends a year with reindeer herders

Yay Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys follows brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki for a year through Finnish Lapland.

Monday, March 31, 2014 David Riedel

She blinded me with science

Particle Fever is a fascinating trip down the rabbit hole of physics

Yay A documentary about a bunch of science nerds in the U.S. and abroad getting feverish over the possibility of discovering the Higgs particle and its implications regarding the Standard Model of particle physics.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 David Riedel

Now, this is what we call the Muppet Show

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ is a million times better than ‘The Muppets’

Yay Muppets Most Wanted is cheerful, laugh-out-loud funny and features one of the best Muppets ever (who has been absent since the 1970s): Mean Kermit. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 David Riedel

Another day, another weird spider nightmare

‘Enemy’ is bizarre…and fascinating

Yay There are movies about doppelgangers, and there are movies in which doppelgangers appear. And then there is Enemy, which is unlike any other doppelganger movie before.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 David Riedel

A long walk

Take the journey in ‘Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago’

Yay Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago is an odd duck of a documentary. Its purpose seems to be to tell the stories of six particular pilgrims walking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 David Riedel

Art as science

‘Tim’s Vermeer’ is a fascinating study of a precise and curious mind

Yay It’s entirely possible Tim’s Vermeer is one long gag. The 80-minute documentary is about painstakingly recreating a painting by Dutch master Johannes Vermeer.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 David Riedel

Must…stop…seeing…movies…like…this

‘Need for Speed’ is stupid…or is it?

Yay Need for Speed is a movie in need of two reviews. In fact, I read somewhere that its original title was Need for Speed: Judge Us On Our Merits, Not On Yours. And I either made that original t

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 David Riedel

Switched at Birth

‘Like Father, Like Son’ is a subtle masterpiece

Yay Life is going according to plan for Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama), a successful executive, and Midori (Machiko Ono) a stay-at-home mother to their son, Keita (Keita Ninomiya).

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 David Riedel

If De-Elevator Tries to Bring You Down...

‘Purple Rain’ is great while simultaneously being terrible

Yay Electric movie, Purple Rain, its story is ill conceived and its performances worse. But I’m here to tell you there’s something else: Its historical significance.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 David Riedel

Eighty feet of the waterline nicely making way

Actually, the boat in ‘Maidentrip’ is 40 feet, but CSN seemed appropriate here

Yay What kind of parent lets a 14-year-old sail solo around the world? What kind of 14-year-old wants to undertake that journey? 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 David Riedel
 
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