Category Archives: Movies

Exorcise your Prophecies … three bad movies for the price of one!

Ms. S. and I are both completists in a way. Once we start, we can’t stop. If there is a movie series and we begin it, we commit to it … of course, there are exceptions. This is just a … Continue reading

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The Ebertvaganza Continues: “Cries and Whispers”

After a couple American films (“Five Easy Pieces”, “The Last Picture Show”, “The Godfather”), we returned Sunday afternoon to Europe and got the first of two back-to-back Bergman movies, “Cries and Whispers” (1972; Ebert’s top movie for 1973). I’ll keep … Continue reading

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Independent Mediocrity: When it’s not The Man keeping us down.

I love Mike D’Angelo’s review of “Future Weather“, which he gave a ‘B-‘ over at The A.V. Club. Love is, of course, an exaggeration, and it’s a shame that it is. Perhaps not in this case, but so frequently. That … Continue reading

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“Five Easy Pieces” (1970): Thoughts

Bobby works on oil rigs in southern California, hangs out with his girlfriend Rayette, and the two end up on a road trip to the Northwest to visit Bobby’s ill father. And while that’s the movie in a nutshell it … Continue reading

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Poppy: “Act one beginners, please!” … or the Three-Act Structure

A couple years ago when reading some television criticism something stuck out at me that had always just floated below the surface for so long: that TV episodes and movies were structured around three acts. And everywhere I went I’d … Continue reading

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Friday Fun Film: “Wyvern” (2009)

Let me tell you what I like — love? — about the almost over-achieving Sci Fi movie, “Wyvern” (2009): it’s a formulaic B-movie that hits its notes and maintains interest.

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Movie Thoughts: “Naked Fear” (2007)

“Naked Fear” (2007) is a nasty, overlong yet little work that can’t quite decide whether it is social commentary masquerading as exploitation or the other way around. A thriller directed by Thom Eberhardt and starring Danielle De Luca, it is … Continue reading

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2013.03.28: “Emotion is also nature, and the rule of decency is something artificial”

“Wrath of the Titans” is not actually any good. It has a large (enough) budget, it has a(n over-)qualified cast, and its plot is (moderately) coherent. It is not, however, any good. It’s not even mediocre; it is inanely mundane … Continue reading

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Thundering Thursday

Wednesday I rewatched ‘Thor,’ Ms. S. and I tried to watch ‘Anonymous,’ and today the ceiling thunders above us.

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“The Future Won’t Look Like This […]”: a snippet of commentary

The A.V. Club has a list of 11 unintentionally ridiculous depictions of virtual reality, which the commentors find intriguing primarily for what is not included (e.g. Unix-girl in┬áJurassic Park, which then inspired a spirited defense, etc.), and I’d add Hackers, … Continue reading

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