Movies Category

Have seen a run of good movies lately

Either I’m mellowing out, or I’m having really good luck, or movies are getting better. Normally I hate both the big blockbuster films and the films that’re being positioned for awards. I hate them all! But lately I’ve seen La La Land, Fantastic Beasts, Rogue One, and an animated film, Sing, and I enjoyed them all!!! Rogue One […]

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Lauren Bacall is the most beautiful woman I’ve seen in my entire life

Watched THE BIG SLEEP today. Normally I find myself not as attracted to the stars of movies in the 40s and 50s, simply because beauty standards have changed somewhat, but in this case I was surprised to discover that the star, Lauren Bacall, is the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen in my life. Bogey, […]

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Was really, really, really, really entranced by that Steve Jobs movie. I have so much to say about it.

This new Steve Jobs movie, the one directed by Danny Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin, is fantastic. I have rarely been so electrified by a movie. It’s swift and beautiful and every one of the characters has such a distinct visual and personality. It’s lovingly crafted in the way that Jobs’ products were lovingly […]

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Finally saw GONE GIRL. It was alright.

I mean, it was good. Pretty good. I’d forgotten that Ben Affleck is a tolerably good actor. And he was perfect for this too, with his big-and-slightly-bloated face. The one major difference between the book and the film was that I feel like Nick (Affleck’s character) came off as way more sympathetic in the film. […]

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It’s a bit annoying how whenever the gay teen comes out in a movie, the parent is like, “I already knew!”

I watched a really good teen movie the other night: it’s about three high school teen queens who complete to become best friends with the school’s only out gay boy.  And it had some really wonderful and subtle characterization in it. Particularly loved the Mormon couple, since they were well-observed and true to life people who […]

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There’s something a little bit endearing about right-wing extremism

Periodically, my Facebook feed gets riled up when some ultra-rightwinger decries multiculturalism or eulogizes the antebellum South or says that Obama is going to put us all in concentration camps or engages in some other tacky political display. And then everybody will jump in there and be like, “Grr, those people are ruining America.” Which […]

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These Marvel films tend to be pretty uninteresting on a visual level

When it comes to movies, I do I enjoy watching big-budget visual effects spectacle. If all I wanted was a compelling story and interesting characters, then I could get that from many forms of media. But there’s no place besides a movie theater where I can watch a massive ship break apart and slowly drag its […]

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The First and Last Novels That Made Me Cry

So, I was recently recommended John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars, which is a YA novel about a sixteen year old girl with terminal cancer (its main schtick is that the girl herself is somewhat aware of cancer-novel tropes, which the novel sometimes subverts and sometimes gleefully obeys). Anyway, I was basically promised that the […]

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Midnight in Paris was fun but trite

I just finished watching Midnight In Paris. Of course, I loved it. How could any lover of A Moveable Feast or The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas or the short stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald fail to love this movie? Watching a witty, diffident young man from the modern day pal around with Hemingway and […]

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The Dark Knight

I saw the newest Batman movie last night, at midnight. I came in with fairly low expectations, because, unlike almost everyone I know, I did not particularly like Batman Begins. I thought, and have always thought, that Batman’s origin story is kind of ponderous. Yes, his parents were murdered, but I think that even the […]

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