Category Archives: Movies

Love at First Fight (2015)

Don’t let the bad title stop you from seeing it. The French title is much better: Les Combatants. This is a French rom-com. I really really liked it. My review of Love at First Fight is now up at

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Thunder Road (1958): Gearhead Heaven

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Animals (2015)

It’s hard to make a drug-addict story feel new (partially because all drug addicts end up being relatively the same). But Animals is a confident first feature. Gorgeous Chicago cinematography. My review of Animals is up at

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The Film Critic (2015)

Making fun of gloomy film critics is like shooting fish in a barrel, but I enjoyed The Film Critic, written/directed by an Argentinian film critic. It’s insular humor, directed at the sub-culture of film critics, so I’m not sure how … Continue reading

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Now This Is a Movie Poster

This is the poster for Joachim Trier’s new movie, which will be premiering at Cannes shortly. I met Trier when he came to Ebertfest in 2013 to screen his haunting and beautiful (and sad) film Oslo August 31st. Wrote some … Continue reading

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I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015)

A heartwarming and very interesting documentary about Caroll Spinney, the man behind Big Bird. My review of I Am Big Bird is now up at

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Bravetown (2015)

I really liked this movie. I could feel the formulas working, and sometimes there were too many formulae in one given moment, but the end result is its own thing. Very good. My review of Bravetown is up at The … Continue reading

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April 2015 Viewing Diary

About Elly (2009; d. Asghar Farhadi). At long last. Wrote it up here. Misery Loves Comedy (2015; d. Kevin Pollak). Navel-gazing documentary about comedians and how they think about what they do. A cast of thousands. Lots of great anecdotes. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Ann-Margret

Ann-Margret entertaining US troops in Vietnam, 1966 Today is Ann-Margret’s birthday. Her autobiography, Ann-Margret: My Story is wonderful. What a career. And it’s still unfolding. There are so many classic scenes. Tommy. Carnal Knowledge. Of course, too, here is the … Continue reading

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Monty Python Live

More on the Monty Python QA and 40th anniversary screening of Holy Grail over at

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