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Be Selfish: Stay Away

'The Selfish Giant' is too much of a good bad thing

Ok In Oscar Wilde’s “The Selfish Giant” there’s a mean old giant who won’t let children play in his garden. Then—and this is all from long-dormant memory—a permanent winter settles in on his garden. ...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 David Riedel

Verily, She Was Divine

'I Am Divine' is delightful

Yay If you’re like me, you’ve seen most of Divine’s film performances. And if you’re like me, you find Divine intriguing but know little about her life, art or background.

Thursday, January 9, 2014 David Riedel

Actually, She’s Not Alive

The 'Her’ here is an operating system

Ok In the sort-of utopian not-too-distant future, men wear high-waisted pants and mustaches without irony. Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his operating system, Samantha.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 David Riedel

Outside Normalcy

'Inside Llewyn Davis’ has its moments, but…

Meh Inside Llewyn Davis is one of those movies that’s more fun to discuss afterward than it is to watch. That’s partly because Davis (Oscar Isaac) is such a reprehensible asshole, and it’s partly because t...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 David Riedel

Break out the Barf!

‘Lone Survivor’ is jingoism

Barf Mark Wahlberg is a bad actor. There are movies when he’s passable (Date Night; Ted). But most of the time he’s inexplicably praised (his wretchedly unbelievable performance in The Departed)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 David Riedel

Talking Pictures: It's Just a Fad

'Footlight Parade' is a delight

Yay Any show that features James Cagney doing what looks like the precursor to the moonwalk must be great. But for a movie musical, the singing and dancing doesn't go full tilt until the final 40-ish minutes.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 David Riedel

Sing! But Hire a New Lyricist

'Enzo Avitabile Music Life' is a decent half-portrait

Ok Enzo Avitabile Music Life doesn’t feel like a finished film. It feels like 80 minutes of sort of compelling footage that’s missing the last 20 or so minutes that may make it vital.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 David Riedel

It’s a Wrap!

2013 was a year filled with glory, slurps and triple barfs

Movie Reviews So this year was a pretty good one for movies. It’s just that movies that were bad were so bad. Just inexcusable. Sweet Jesus. But we’ll get to those after my five favorite movies of 2013.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 David Riedel

This dude likes ‘ludes (and money, and sex)

'The Wolf of Wall Street' is over the top

Yay After watching The Wolf of Wall Street, I’m tempted to suggest that Martin Scorsese’s latest will be misinterpreted by a lot of people.

Thursday, December 26, 2013 David Riedel

More like 'The Secret Life of Walter Shitty'

'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' holds you in contempt, so why not make a lame joke at its expense?

Barf The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is terrible. Just terrible. It’s wrongheaded, silly, and worse, confused. The story—about Walter (Ben Stiller), who works as a negative asset manager at LIFE magazine—is p...

Thursday, December 26, 2013 David Riedel
 
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