Category Archives: Movies

Please let the answer be yes

Grantland asks “Are We at Peak Superhero?“: Even as they dominate the box office, comic-book movies are approaching a moment fraught with peril. If one definition of a bubble is that everybody with an investment to protect insists that it … Continue reading

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Inside Information

If you’re thinking about seeing Peter Jackson’s latest Hobbit installment, don’t. It is essentially a 2 1/2-hour, loud, obnoxious, and incredibly tedious string of ridiculous action scenes that bears little if any relation to anything Tolkien wrote, and which serves … Continue reading

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Belgian Bluegrass

The Broken Circle Breakdown, a film about belgian bluegrass musicians, has been getting positive reviews. Here, for example, is the New Yorker’s take: By rights, this should be the most annoying movie of the year. A tattooist (Veerle Baetens) falls … Continue reading

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We have to remember “Vertigo”

Martin Scorcese, writing in the The New York Review of Books, makes a somewhat rambling, but persuasive case for the need to preserve films.  Here’s an excerpt: Vertigo is a matter of mood as much as it’s a matter of storytelling—the … Continue reading

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Frozen Concentrated Orange Juice

The ending of Trading Places, perhaps Eddie Murphy’s greatest comedy, has always confused me a bit.  It involves an elaborate scam to manipulate commodities trading to punish the bad guys and reward the good guys.  NPR’s Planet Money team has … Continue reading

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Only Love Sprung From My Only Hate

For me, Mumford & Sons are the modern day Dave Matthews Band. The first time you hear them, it’s like, “well, this is a little different, and they have a banjo/fiddle, that’s kinda neat.” Then it turns out all their … Continue reading

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On the Beach

D.C. has settled into typical spring/summer weather – low 90’s and humid as hell.  Of course, assuming you don’t mind spending 5 hours in traffic each way, you can always head to the beach. Was thinking that if anyone ever gets … Continue reading

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There’s Your Problem

Suffice it to say that if a government has something called a “Censorship Bureau”, it’s probably not up to anything good:  Egyptian authorities have failed to issue a permit to screen a historical documentary about the country’s Jewish community, the … Continue reading

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What Might Have Been?

Jack Kerouac once asked Marlon Brando to make On the Road into a movie: Kerouac was susceptible to film—a sucker for its promise of riches as well as its flickering poetry—and he imagined an iconic adaptation of On the Road. Not … Continue reading

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In the Meantime

Not sure how much we’re going to get posted today, so in the meantime, here are some things you should be reading: The New Republic’s Walter Kirn writes about the divide between those who own guns and those who don’t. … Continue reading

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*Batteries Not Included

Do you remember the first movie that you hated?  As little kids, most of us probably weren’t all that discriminating in what we’d watch on tv or in the movie theater, I know I wasn’t.  When we were all under … Continue reading

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Oh, God!

ATO Records has announced the release of a John Denver tribute album.  It’s been over 15 years since Denver passed away, and over 40 years since his song “Rocky Mountain High” hit the airwaves.  Here’s the tracklist for the album … Continue reading

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“Originality cannot be economically modeled”

Be sure to read Aleksandar Hemon’s profile of Lana (formerly Larry) and Andy Wachoski and the making of their new film, Cloud Atlas, in The New Yorker: On the way to [Tom Hanks’] office in Santa Monica, the siblings received a phone call  from … Continue reading

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Maybe Just Stay In

Fun review of Dinesh D’Souza’s “2016: Obama’s America” from Alan Scherstuhl: The movie of choice this week for people who hold the beliefs that A) America is the strongest, best-est country that God ever virgin-birthed and B) that that nation somehow … Continue reading

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Beasts of the Southern Wild

Go see it.  It reminded me of a few truisms regarding what makes a good film: if you want viewers to truly appreciate and surrender to a story, consider using unknown actors who don’t bring the baggage of past films … Continue reading

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Look On My Works

Woody Allen takes the long view on the merits of his oeuvre: Allen in person is nothing like the nebbishy mess of phobias and insecurities he has been impersonating, on stage and screen, for half a century, dating back to his … Continue reading

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Two Strange Things That Go Great Together

We’ve written a decent amount about Grover Norquist and about the Atlas Shrugged movie. Today in the Post, we find that they’re making an Atlas Shrugged II (a searing indictment of capitalism; why waste the resources, when the first one … Continue reading

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Slapshot Part Deux

In discussions of the greatest sports movies of all time, all too often, a certain spectacular comedy gets ignored.  The film I have in mind is Slap Shot and if you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out.  It looks like … Continue reading

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