Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Fall (2006, or -07, or -08, depending)

I use this as my film during the week we study Photography in my film class. It’s beautiful, colorful, simplistic, sublime, and unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It’s directed by Tarsem Singh, here listed simply as Tarsem. If you remember … Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

First of all, don’t see this until you’ve seen Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, AKA “the first one.” You’ll understand this one better and enjoy it a lot more. As before, the banter and relationship between Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.) and … Continue reading

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Young Adult

Alternatively darkly funny and acrid, Young Adult functions most strongly as a vehicle for a performance by a beautiful movie star who’s not afraid to be ugly on every level. Of course, Charlize Theron going ugly physically is what most … Continue reading

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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

As sleek and shiny as the surfaces of the world’s tallest building and the suits worn by Tom Cruise (Ethan Hunt) and Jeremy Renner (Brandt). One great action sequence after another, with just enough quiet moments to catch your breath. … Continue reading

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Take Shelter

Take Shelter is a horror film. Or an end-of-the-world film. Or a family drama. Or a study of the ravages of mental illness on a man and his family. Or all four. Or not. If it weren’t for that ending, … Continue reading

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50/50

A well-acted, beautifully written small picture. It’s a dramatic comedy about a young man who has a 50/50 chance of beating cancer—based on the real-life journey of screenwriter Will Reiser. It’s on the scale of a Woody Allen movie, and … Continue reading

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Hugo

Entrancing, enthralling, visually stunning. A cinematic paean to the magic of movies. A film history lesson and a cry for preservation from film’s most famous preservation advocate. There is nothing out there quite like it. What’s good: the look. It … Continue reading

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