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Verily, She Was Divine

'I Am Divine' is delightful

Yay If you’re like me, you’ve seen most of Divine’s film performances. And if you’re like me, you find Divine intriguing but know little about her life, art or background.

Thursday, January 9, 2014 David Riedel

Talking Pictures: It's Just a Fad

'Footlight Parade' is a delight

Yay Any show that features James Cagney doing what looks like the precursor to the moonwalk must be great. But for a movie musical, the singing and dancing doesn't go full tilt until the final 40-ish minutes.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 David Riedel

This dude likes ‘ludes (and money, and sex)

'The Wolf of Wall Street' is over the top

Yay After watching The Wolf of Wall Street, I’m tempted to suggest that Martin Scorsese’s latest will be misinterpreted by a lot of people.

Thursday, December 26, 2013 David Riedel

My Father's House

‘Nebraska’ rewards the patient

Yay Nebraska follows what has become a template for director Alexander Payne: Take a character—in this case, Woody (Bruce Dern)—make him unlikable, and set him on a path to redemption.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 David Riedel

This Hobbit Ain’t Messin’ Around

Whew! ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ is good!

Yay Yay, verily! Peter Jackson has arisen! The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a bajillion times better than the previous installment, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Piece of Shit. In fact, it’s almost as if one co...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 David Riedel

And you thought the first movie was bleak

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire catches fire alright

Yay If there’s a scale for film trilogy cliffhangers, the apex must be Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and the nadir Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire re...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 David Riedel

A Life, Close-Up

Everyone should see Blue Is the Warmest Color

Yay Among critics, some iteration of the phrase “there’s a really great movie wrapped around all this porn” has been uttered many times in reference to Blue Is the Warmest Color. Sometimes it’s sa

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 David Riedel

We’re all in this together

Go see 12 Years a Slave

Yay I’ve written before of the unbridled excellence and horror that is Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, the story of a free black man in 1841 New York who is kidnapped, sold into slavery and brutaliz

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 David Riedel

Found: Redford's Chops

‘All is Lost’ is the star's best movie

Yay Robert Redford has long been one of our greatest movie stars. He’s never been one of our greatest actors. For every compelling performance he gives, as in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969);

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 David Riedel

It’s Unalive!

Romero’s zombies get the full work-up in Birth of the Living Dead

Yay As a fan of George Romero’s zombie work, it’s hard to view Birth of the Living Dead with any kind of objectivity. After all, without Romero’s Night of the Living Dead —and Birth points this ou

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 David Riedel
 
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