Tag Archives: Scarlett Johansson

“That’s the way I work: I try to imagine what I would like to see.” — Sofia Coppola

It’s her birthday today. Doing these posts is a way to pull up things from my gigantic archives. I might as well find ways to share them. But it’s also a reminder of how much I haven’t written. Topics I … Continue reading

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December 2016 Viewing Diary

Supernatural, Season 7, Episode 22, “There Will Be Blood” (2012; d. Guy Norman Bee) I had started a re-watch of Season 7 in November, so I finished it out this month. Season 7 was one of my least favorites, when … Continue reading

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2016 Movies To See

Out Now Out Soon Out Earlier This Year

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Review: Hail, Caesar! (2016); d. The Coen Brothers

That’s the official poster. Boring. I like this one much better. In comparison to Inside Llewyn Davis, Hail, Caesar! has an outlook on humanity that is damn near sunny. Inside Llewyn Davis’ was a well-observed portrayal of the coffee-house folk-music … Continue reading

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The Trailer for the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar!: “I Can’t Wait” Doesn’t Even Begin to Cover It

I’m hyperventilating. Scarlett Johanssen as a cross between Esther Williams, Jean Harlow, and Carole Lombard? Her voice! The tough-dame voice that no longer exists in cinema anywhere? Tilda Swinton as Hedda Hopper? George Clooney as a pre-verbal Clark Gable type? … Continue reading

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February 2015: Viewing Diary

Two Days, One Night (2014; Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne). My friend Dan referred to the movie as a “Sunday school lesson” and, you know, I can see his point. But I found it absolutely riveting, one of the best portraits … Continue reading

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Under the Skin (2014)

I am thrilled that all I knew, going into Under the Skin, was that Scarlett Johansson plays a creepy woman who drives around Scotland in her van luring men to hitch a ride with her. That’s all I knew. What … Continue reading

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Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2013

Some of the things I’ve written in 2013, for my own site, and also other outlets. Thoughts on Memphis. “Memphis is wounded, and Memphis is obviously depressed. There are a lot of sad ghosts here. But Memphis does not forget. … Continue reading

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Her (2013); Directed by Spike Jonze

Having found Spike Jonze’s Her to be boring and empty, I guess I should make it official before someone else does and call the time/date of Me being Dead Inside. Because it’s happened. Others I respect were blown away by … Continue reading

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