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Once, Again

 

Speaking of Unholy Abominations…

 

Never Go “Full Arthouse”

 

Ride this Dragon

 

United in Praise

 

Twitter Wars: A New Nope

 

Can Mew Dig It?

 

Fashion Backward

 

Yas, Queens!

 

Beasts of Burden

 

Hugh Catch a Predator?

If you like smiling and aren’t criminally demented, Prisoners is a damn rough watch. Stuffed to the gills with child abduction, overmedicated depression and familial implosions, director Denis Villeneuve’s bloated whodunit is a puppy suicide away from the most joyless way to spend well over two hours. This isn’t to say it’s not an A-level thriller so crackerjack that it jacks all of the crackers. It’s just really...


In Defense of ‘The Newsroom’

Maybe it was the Funny or Die video. Or the article on Newsbusters. Or the constant stream of attacks on Twitter. Who knows? But at some point today, it became impossible for me not to write about “The Newsroom,” the best show that smart people treat like crap. I am going to attempt to be the voice of reason, but since purely logical and unexaggerated argumentation is a foreign language to me, I’m sure I’m bound...


Blackfish vs Blackfish

Hey all, 

I know that the byline above is Amanda's, but that's because her review is the new one here and the one that prompted this post. Figured we'd try something interesting here: comparing a review for a movie that thought it was good (mine) versus one that thought it was great (Amanda's). We have a tendency to think in binary terms, 1s and 0s, either/or. But the truth is, you can often find more truth...


1% Happy, 99% Sad

Clate Blanchett, y’all. Cate friggin’ Blanchett. Day-yum!

Any review of Blue Jasmine that doesn’t start with a linguistic supplication of the otherworldly-talented actress doesn’t understand the magnitude of her performance. Shazam! Finding a drama centered around a woman who isn’t a stripper, hooker, murderer or murder victim is like stepping out back for a cuppa and seeing a prancing unicorn. It pole vaults...


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