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  • Spenser Confidential

    Spenser Confidential


    With relative success, Spenser Confidential mixes its dead-serious plot, which is straight out of a pulp paperback, with a zany tone and a handful of live-wire characters, which are straight out of the buddy comedies of a certain era of moviemaking. In other words, this is a throwback in almost every way, right down to a flat refusal to engage with the modern technology that surrounds those characters. To be clear, the movie offers nothing new to the table, but…

  • Blow the Man Down

    Blow the Man Down


    It isn't so much that the top level of Blow the Man Down suggests much about a deeper level. It's that the debut feature from the writing/directing team of Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy does what it does so well, including populating the action with characters that have more than two dimensions, that a deeper level eventually does reveal itself. On the surface, this is another one of those movies in which desperate characters make a series of calculated…

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  • Whiplash



    There is no getting around the occasional, oft-used phrase, and "Whiplash" calls for it: This film is note-perfect. The trailers and advertisements, irrelevant in the long run to anything but marketing, have sold it short as a sort of "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" for the Juilliard set, but while it comes very close to equaling that by-now-underappreciated gem's power, the film ultimately plays in much more complex areas than simply a "...from Hell"-type thriller (You know…

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)


    Holy crap, the second viewing of this left me reeling. Completely underestimated it the first time. Masterpiece.