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  • A Most Violent Year

    A Most Violent Year 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 Nov, 2015

    I should sit on this and write it when I know the answer to my question, but it will take too long. So here we go with the brainstorming business.

    I can't help but stick this one on a list I have of films I love that have something in common but I haven't figured out what that is yet.
    The list includes A Most Wanted Man, The American, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (and possibly Zodiac). It is a very…

  • For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism

    For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism 2009

    ★★ Watched 23 Nov, 2015

    You can't tell the story of American Film Criticism in 80 minutes, not without saying very little about too many things.

    Writer/director Gerald Peary must have seen this in editing. It might explain why he grounded it a little by focussing so much on Andrew Sarris. Sarris was a New York critic famous for bringing France's 'auteur theory' to the US in the 60s. The documentary spends quite a bit of time looking at Sarris, his rivalry with Pauline Kael…

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  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★ Watched 06 Feb, 2013 89

    My ticket stub says that I saw Silver Linings Playbook but it can't be the same film everyone else has seen. It just can't be. This one was supposed to be charming, enjoyable, fun even. It won the TIFF Audience Award. It was supposed to have great characters. Cooper and Lawrence were supposed to have given wonderful performances. DeNiro, it was said, was back. Jackie Weaver, wait, was she in this?

    The film I saw was bland and boring. I…

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood 2014

    ★★ Watched 25 Jan, 2015 235

    It is not surprising that so many people identify closely with Boyhood. It hits all the hallmarks of growing up. There is the promise made years ago that the parent forgot but the child did not. There is the incessant fighting between siblings that is forgotten two minutes later, as well as the faking of who is to blame for the fight when the shouts of "MOM!" have been acknowledged. There is the change in address, school and friends, for…