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“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” and the R Rating

So on Wednesday I went to see the not-particularly-successful movie Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, directed by Troy Nixey and produced and labelled by Guillermo del Toro. It’s received mixed to positive reviews, to be sure, but it’s done … Continue reading

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The Cosmos in a Child’s Eyes: Thoughts on “The Tree of Life”

I’m just going to be honest with you here–I’ve been trying for a week to get my thoughts on The Tree of Life into some sort of coherent form so I could share them with you, but so far it’s been … Continue reading

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LARRY CROWNE: A Defense of Pleasant Films

LARRY CROWNE was one of my most-anticipated films of 2011. I love Tom Hanks. I love Julia Roberts. I love romantic comedies (or at least the idea of them). I’m quite fond of Hanks’ first foray into writing and directing, … Continue reading

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Justifying the Future with the Past: or how Herzog made me a 3d convert

I think it’s pretty obvious that I, like many other film people, really hate the 3D fad. That it’s anything but at this point seems like a stalled discussion, as audience attendance at 3D screenings seems to fall and the … Continue reading

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“The Cove”

If you’re the kind of person who reads movie blogs, you’ve probably heard of The Cove by now. This 2009 documentary won the Oscar for best documentary feature. It created a certain degree of controversy upon its release. It’s notorious … Continue reading

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