Category Archives: Movies

In Stereo (2015)

My second review of the week, the first being Faith of Our Fathers. I didn’t think Faith of Our Fathers was any good but it didn’t piss me off like In Stereo. My review of In Stereo is now up … Continue reading

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Faith of Our Fathers (2015)

The latest Christian movie from the studio that brought out God Is Not Dead. Faith of Our Fathers is an explicitly Christian film, but that’s no excuse for its lackluster presentation or its bad acting. There are plenty of Christian … Continue reading

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June 2015 Viewing Diary

The X-Files, Season 5, Episode 7, “Emily” (1997; d. Kim Manners) Very intense. Good Lord. The X-Files, Season 5, Episode 8, “Kitsunegari” (1998; d. Daniel Sackheim) Ty Olsson as the green security guard. Hi, Benny from Supernatural! And Diana Scarwid! … Continue reading

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Hondo (1953) at MoMA: John Wayne in 3D

Perfect timing: I’ve been absolutely loving Scott Eyman’s biography of John Wayne: John Wayne: The Life and Legend. It’s so good, people. It’s the biography that this icon deserves. I’m not done with it yet, and I’ll post more on … Continue reading

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Ex Machina (2015)

Ex Machina knocked me out. Knocked me OUT, I tell you. Written and directed by Alex Garland (a novelist and screenwriter), it is a first feature: extraordinary, considering the authority the film carries. There are no first-time jitters in evidence. … Continue reading

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This Magic Mike XXL Trailer Is Insane

It’s an assault on the senses, and has its own narrative thrust (puns are inevitable), which has nothing to do with story, although you get snippets of it here and there. The snippets (“Let’s go compete in Florida” “Let’s get … Continue reading

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Eden (2015); directed by Mia Hansen-Løve

Mia Hansen-Løve is such an interesting writer/director. Her latest feature, Eden, is really compelling. Check out her other films too (Tout est pardonne, Goodbye, First Love and Father of My Children. I love her stuff. It’s not really like anything … Continue reading

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Love & Mercy (2015)

Glenn Kenny’s beautiful review of Love & Mercy expresses much of my own response to this emotional and well-done film. It’s a portrait of Brian Wilson, his genius, his struggles, his visionary capabilities, as well as his well-known suffering … … Continue reading

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

Putting it mildly, I did not care for this year’s breakout Sundance hit, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. My review of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is now up at

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The Nightmare (2015)

A really creepy and fun documentary about the sleep disorder known as “sleep paralysis.” Directed by Rodney Ascher, who brought us Room 237 in 2013, about the obsessive audience reaction to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. The Nightmare is different, although … Continue reading

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