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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

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
 
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