Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012: Wrapping up my first year blogging

I will keep this short. I started this blog on April 3rd of this year. Since that time I have posted 21 reviews/essays. I thought that number would be bigger but I am reasonably happy with what I have been … Continue reading

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Love, Anger & Meds:Silver Linings Playbook

There is genuine joy in seeing dysfunctional characters fight their way through this messy thing called life and ascertain their fair share of happiness in spite of their own efforts to sabotage it. David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook is … Continue reading

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QT Goes West: Django Unchained

Between 1992 and 1997 there were three terrific films released that would solidify a director as a force to be reckoned with:Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown. During this breakout, critically and commercially successful phase of director Quentin Tarantino’s … Continue reading

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Lincoln and This is 40

Like Lincoln himself, Steven Spielberg’s film of the same name is modest and measured throughout its lengthy running time. Spielberg forgoes (not completely but more than one would expect) his penchant to over-sentimentalize. One gets a palpable sense of a … Continue reading

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Business as Usual: Killing Them Softly

Ever since the controversial days of Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and the Wild Bunch (1969), American movies moved from showing us violence to savoring it, reveling in it; making it a thing of horrific beauty. It was shocking in those … Continue reading

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