Author Archives: M

About M

Artist, ne'er do well, militant queer.

21 Jump Street (2012)

Revisiting this movie, I’m struck by a couple of things. First off, I think it’s mostly very funny, though like most movies with a weird gimmick the setup until they get to the point (them in high school in this … Continue reading

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No More Excuses (1968)

The movies of Robert Downey Sr. are all surreal and uncomfortable, and No More Excuses settles into that groove from the very beginning. It’s five stories: one, about the assassination of President Garfield; two, a civil war soldier finds himself in the … Continue reading

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Her (2013)

The most incredible thing about Her is that it feels so inevitable and so unremarkable. The story of a man who begins to develop a relationship with a new, intelligent and learning operating system, Her is science fiction that goes out of its way … Continue reading

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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Sometimes people are just fuck ups. Inside Llewyn Davis is about one of those, a hard luck case who generates most of his own troubles in his desire to suffer for his own art. It’s a complicated thing that the … Continue reading

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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

The Wolf of Wall Street ends with its ‘hero’, Jordan Belfort, free and clear of all consequences and trying to sell to a rapt audience at a conference in New Zealand. The very last shot, a still of the rows … Continue reading

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The Movies of 2014 and The Great Dictator

I return to this blog after many months away unsure what to even say. I have no good excuse for letting it lie fallow: I had many plans and machinations for things to do with it, and then suddenly my … Continue reading

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Toho Kaiju Monogatari – Invasion 7: Mothra

Godzilla! One plaintive cry of fear, accompanied by the roar of the biggest baddest monster of the nuclear age, created a cinematic icon that has lasted for well over fifty years. Godzilla, and the associated kaiju movies that sprung up in … Continue reading

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