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Bunch of memes to end the weekend. Sunday Stealing: One Thing ….. that makes you smile: Puppies. that makes you cry: Expressions of kindness. that you love to do on the weekends: Sleep in. that you do for only yourself: I’m going with swimming at the beach, even though I haven’t done much of that […]

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2014-06-22 :: me // film
Review: Delivery Man

Delivery Man (2013) Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders, Chris Pratt, Bobby Moynihan. Directed by Ken Scott. You could tell from the trailer for Delivery Man that this was going to be a silly, sweet, sentimental, possibly manipulative movie, and it is all of those things. And I bought pretty much every machination, every plot device, every […]

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2014-06-16 :: me // film
Review: Elysium

Elysium (2013) Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. On some post-apocalyptic future Earth, Max Da Costa (Matt Damon) wears a locator device around his ankle as part of his probation for some unspecified crime. He has a job in some kind of robot factory, and he reports to a probation officer […]

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Romeo and Juliet (2013) Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Paul Giamatti, Lesley Manville. Directed by Carlo Carlei. If the 1996 Baz Luhrmann adaptation of Romeo and Juliet settled one thing for me, it’s that when it comes to Shakespearean films, it is the language that matters most. You can do almost anything you want with the […]

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The Song of the Fishermen (1934) A silent film starring Wang Ren Mei, Han Lan Gen. Directed by Chusheng Cai. The noble plight of the poor, filial piety, perseverance in the face of repeated tragedy, and the toll wealthy families take on everyone else: the familiar themes of Chinese cinema are here in The Song […]

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2014-06-13 :: me // film
Review: Dragnet Girl

Dragnet Girl (1933) A silent film starring Kinuyo Tanaka, Joji Oka, Sumiko Mizukubo, and Mitsui Hideo. Written by Tadao Ikeda and Yasujiro Ozu. Directed by Yasujiro Ozu. In Yasujiro Ozu’s Dragnet Girl, Tokiko (Kinuyo Tanaka) works as a typist in an office full of typists, but she is favored by the boss’s son, who gives […]

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2014-05-15 :: me // film + five
A Movie Meme

From here. A Movie Meme What is your all-time favorite “costume” movie or period piece? Not sure if this link to my Criticker ratings will work, but according to them, my highest-rated period pieces are Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (set in 1779) with a rating of 94 and Les Miserables (set in 1815) with a […]

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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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