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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

Unfinished Business

‘The Past’ is a masterpiece

Yay It takes a true artist to make what, on its face, is a mundane family drama and transform it into something profound. The Past, writer-director Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to his 2011 film A Separation, is qu...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 David Riedel

Everything is Awesome!

The Lego Movie is a joy

Yay It may seem odd that a movie based in such crass commercialism would, at its heart, be a tribute to what it means to have a free imagination. But that’s what The Lego Movie is.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 David Riedel

Sometimes Shorter is Better

The Oscar Shorts are worth your time

Yay Once again The Screen answers the question, “How the hell do I see the shorts that are nominated for Academy Awards”? Starting Feb. 7, the Oscar-nominated shorts in animation, live action and documentary wi...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 David Riedel
 
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