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mamma mia and the sexuality of grown-ass ladies.

::knocks on door, dusts off furniture, peeks around corner into dark hallway, promptly falls into large hole created by rotten floorboards:: ….. ow. Uh, hi guys? Hi. It’s been a minute. But, you know. Y’all still love me, and probably … Continue reading

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quick thoughts on Hamlet (2000).

This morning I decided to check out Ethan Hawke in director Michael Almereyda’s 2000 adaptation of Hamlet. It’s a modern-day version set in New York City, where Denmark is a corporation the CEO of which has been murdered. Here are … Continue reading

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Unfinished Song (2012) tore my heart out and I highly recommend the same to you.

There is no excuse for this film. It’s as high concept as any superhero movie, and that concept is so superficially awful – cheerful young choir director helps grumpy old widower find happiness through the power of song – it … Continue reading

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Frances Ha(lladay, seriously, we need to counteract some of the twee, here)

So, Frances Ha. I can’t figure out why this movie exists. It’s about being twentysomething, directionless and artsy in post-recession New York, but it was directed by highly successful fortysomething director Noah Baumbach, who co-wrote it with indie darling and … Continue reading

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Before Midnight

Before Midnight is the third installment in director Richard Linklater and actors Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy’s series of films following two characters, Jesse (Hawke) and Celine (Delpy), over what is now eighteen years. I saw the second installment, Before … Continue reading

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42: America has race issues. were you aware?

42‘s in sort of a funny position. In telling the story of Jackie Robinson, the first black man to play Major League Baseball, it could easily be a feel-good-a-thon for white Americans. It could talk about how the good integrationists … Continue reading

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Celeste and Jesse Forever.

I have one hard-and-fast rule about break-ups. It’s the only thing I tell everyone they need to do. It is not influenced by culture, relationship style, or whatever -amory one chooses to engage in, and it is this: after a … Continue reading

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The Woman in Black and the maturation of a child star.

Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t know it, but we grew up together. He’s only two and a half years younger than me, and I loyally watched (and lusted after) him in every Harry Potter movie as they came out, enjoying his one-dimensional … Continue reading

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Les Miserables, star of stage and screen, and doubtless the therapist’s couch.

At the end of Les Misérables, a two-and-a-half hour feelings-o-rama with enough melodrama to keep several TV soaps alive for years, I laughed for awhile, turned to my friend, and said, “Well. That happened.” It’s not a regular movie. It’s … Continue reading

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Beasts of the Southern Wild, just in time.

The Oscars are tonight! I could opine about my picks, but the truth is that I’m in grad school and haven’t been able to see most of the nominated films. So I’ll tell you about one I watched this very … Continue reading

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