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2014-04-14 :: me // film
Review: St. Elmo’s Fire

St. Elmo’s Fire (1985) Mare Winningham, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, and Andie McDowell. Directed by Joel Schumacher. No fan of Brat Pack films should admit he’s in his mid-forties and still hasn’t seen Joel Schumacher’s St. Elmo’s Fire, one of two films that literally define the Brat […]

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2014-03-30 :: me // film
Review: Short Term 12

Short Term 12 (2013) Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Rami Malek, Stephanie Beatriz. Written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. Writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton (who’s from my home state of Hawaii), worked for a time after college in a group home for at-risk youth. He had to have, because the authenticity of the […]

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2014-03-29 :: me // film
Review: In a World…

In a World… (2013) Lake Bell, Demetri Martin, Fred Melamed, Robb Corddry, Michaela Watkins. Written and directed by Lake Bell. Carol Solomon (Lake Bell) is a vocal coach, but what she really wants is to do movie-trailer voice-overs, like her legendary father, Sam (Fred Melamed), who is set to receive a lifetime achievement at the […]

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2014-03-25 :: me // film
Review: Gimme the Loot

Gimme the Loot (2012) Ty Hickson, Tashiana Washington. Directed and written by Adam Leon. Malcolm and Sophia are best friends, partners in graffiti who steal spray paint together, critique each other’s sketchbooks, bomb rooftops, and dream of the kind of fame street artists haven’t truly known in decades. When a friend of Malcolm’s tells him […]

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2014-03-20 :: me // film
Review: The Garden of Words

The Garden of Words (2013) Voices of Kana Hanazawa and Miyu Irino. Directed by Makoto Shinkai. The Garden of Words (言の葉の庭, or Kotonoha no Niwa) is a Japanese animated movie that, to its great credit, continues one Japanese cinematic tradition and, to its great discredit, follows another.  The animation is almost mind-blowingly beautiful, at times startling in its […]

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2014-03-09 :: me // film
Review: Down by Law

Down by Law (1986) Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni. Directed by Jim Jarmusch. In Down by Law, Zack and Jack (Tom Waits and John Lurie) are set up in separate crimes and find themselves in the same cell in a New Orleans prison, and if that thought upsets them very much, neither of them […]

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2014-03-08 :: me // film
Stills from Down by Law

Last week, I saw Jim Jarmusch’s Down by Law.  Before that, I’d seen Dead Man (one of my least favorite films of all time) and Coffee and Cigarettes, a film whose concept I loved but whose execution left me unmoved. Reid recommended Down by Law several years ago, and it finally came up in my […]

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2014-02-23 :: me // film
Review: Man of Steel

Man of Steel (2013) Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe. Directed by Zak Snyder. Man of Steel is an origin film and a reboot, and one thing I’ve learned about these movies is that you have to be patient. You’re going to slog though a lot of well-traveled territory, […]

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2014-02-23 :: me // film
Review: Once

Once (2007) Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova. Directed by John Carney. I so wanted to be unimpressed by this. There was just too much hype around it, you know? I heard the songs before the movie was released, and the songs were interesting but not memorable, and a whole bunch of people just seemed to make […]

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2014-02-22 :: me // film
Review: The Wolverine

I noticed a couple of movies missing from my 2013 reviews, so I’ll spend the next few days filling in those holes. The Wolverine (2013) Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima. Directed by James Mangold. Spoilers for previous X-Men films. The Wolverine is the sixth film in which Hugh Jackman plays the immortal self-healing man […]

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