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Stallone wrote it and you’ll see it

Ain’t no deer and antelope playin’ on this Homefront

Ok The 1971 thriller The French Connection has one of the worst poster taglines ever: “The time is just right for an out and out thriller like this.” What does that mean? Vietnam blows?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 David Riedel

The Armstrong Lie

Meh Hey! Did you hear? Lance Armstrong lied and lied and lied and lied and lied and lied and lied and lied and lied about doping. For years! And years! And he bullied people who challenged him! And sued them!

Tuesday, November 26, 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

Sunlight Jr.

Meh Sunlight Jr.  When walking into the theater for a screening of Sunlight Jr., know one thing: The reference to sun in the title is this film’s only bright spot Sunlight Jr. is story of two broke, l

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

Dear Mr. Watterson

Meh Believe it or not, there are people out there who haven’t read Calvin & Hobbes. That means there are people who don’t know the sheer joy of reading about Calvin, a rambunctious and preternatur

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

ZERO CHARISMA

Ok If only we could point and laugh at Scott (Sam Eidson), the master of a game he’s created, a Dungeons & Dragons-type RPG populated by guys who won’t be getting a date for Saturday night. It’

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

Just Decide Already!

An impossible choice leads to infinite realities in Mr. Nobody

Ok So what happens when we we’re faced with making a choice we don’t want to make? That’s the question in director Jaco Van Dormael’s Mr. Nobody, a well-mounted, well-meaning, well-acted riff on

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 David Riedel
 
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