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Hateship Loveship (2014)

Based on an Alice Munro short story, Hateship Loveship features a quiet and fascinating and unnerving performance from Kristen Wiig. I can’t say enough good things about it. My review is now up at Roger Ebert.

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Gena Rowlands in Opening Night

“So please. Tell me. Tell me what this play doesn’t express.” “Hope.” I had a great time talking with Peter Labuza for his Cinephiliacs podcast, and the final 25 minutes we spend talking about Cassavetes’ Opening Night. You can download … Continue reading

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“So Many Currents In Such a Little Puddle”: Dana Stevens and I Chat About National Velvet

A re-post, in honor of Mickey Rooney, a man whose career spanned 10 decades. He worked up until the end. R.I.P. Introduction: Back in February, Matt Zoller Seitz and I IM-ed about Nancy Savoca’s Dogfight, and I posted the conversation … Continue reading

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My Favorite Roger: Ebert’s Review of Michael Gilio’s Kwik Stop

We were all asked to write our “favorite Roger”, piece of writing, blog-post, commentary track, whatever. I chose Roger Ebert’s review of Kwik Stop, directed by my old friend and fellow Badlands enthusiast, Michael Gilio. Roger didn’t just review this … Continue reading

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Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2014)

Part II of Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac. I loved Vol. I. Vol II is a bit more uneven, more conventional in many respects. I think a little Charlotte Gainsbourg (a very little) goes a long way, and Vol. II has … Continue reading

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Alien Abduction (2014)

I’m so tired of the “found footage” style that I was pleasantly surprised by Alien Abduction. It’s actually terrifying. My review of “Alien Abduction” is now up at Roger Ebert.

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The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2014)

A pretty fascinating piece of detective work, highlighting a murder-mystery from the early 1930s on the Galapagos Islands. Doesn’t entirely work, there’s too much information included, but it’s definitely worth checking out. My review of “The Galapagos Affair” is now … Continue reading

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Memories of Roger Ebert

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Roger Ebert’s passing. While he had always been an influence on me, since I was a kid (as I wrote my piece about him when I heard he had died), things took a turn … Continue reading

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Minnie and Moskowitz (1971); directed by John Cassavetes

I watch Minnie and Moskowitz, and I think, “Those two wackos have as much of a shot of ‘making it’ as anybody else.” The ending scene has always killed me. Suddenly, with no warning, it shows inclusion, it shows being … Continue reading

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Seen Recently: Paradise Now (2005), Museum Hours (2012)

I recently reviewed director Hany Abu-Assad’s latest film, Omar for Roger Ebert. Omar was about a young Palestinian guy, who had a secret girlfriend, and a job, but also was drawn into the cycle of violence of the larger conflict, … Continue reading

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