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  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Today, I drove to Denver to pick up my girlfriend from the airport and on the way back we got into an interesting discussion - she would probably call it an argument - about monograms. Neither of us are fond of them, but I was arguing that they were inherently classist as they do not improve the objective quality of a product, they simply raise the perceived quality of a material. That is to say, monograms do not make a…

  • Thunder Road

    Thunder Road

    Eric Johnson is my best friend. We've known each other for almost 15 years. We met the first week of high school in a theater class and his first impression of me was that I was a pompous sophomore. In truth, I was just a nervous freshman. Soon enough, we grew past his snap judgment and we became collaborators of legend. Clan Man? Friend-Gro? Spartanaire Spring Show 2008? Yeah, you've probably heard of them. We've shared music, feelings, faith, and…

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  • Ambulance

    Ambulance

    Years ago, there was a call to put some respect on Michael Bay's name. He had already come to his own defense, asking what was so wrong with making films for teenage boys, which is as accurate an assessment of his films as it is a legitimate comeback for that exact reason. It's difficult to locate, so trust that there was an article that made the rounds about his visual prowess, including his ability to hold the equivalent of a…

  • A Special Day

    A Special Day

    The "special day" in question is May 4th, 1938. Adolf Hitler was given a hero's welcome in Rome by Benito Mussolini. Ettore Scola opens his play-ish film with a collection of newsreels, showing the size of the elated crowds and all the pomp provided for the man who would soon spearhead the war that would unhinge the entire world for generations to come. That's not where Scola stays, though. Keeping the bleak sepia of that historical footage, he takes us…

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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    I was so excited to watch this movie, I had already planned to rewatch Diary of a Country Priest right after watching it. But this movie packs such a wallop and is so dense with thought, I'm going to have to wait until I approach another dark and deep religious drama.

    That's a testament to the power of First Reformed. I knew it was going to be heavy, but I wasn't thinking it would be this heavy. I should have…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    Helen Keller has a spectacular quote that only someone of her specific personal knowledge could have understood and only someone of her impressive pith could have said: "Blindness separates people from things; deafness separates people from people." There exist variations on that quote, but its central message is impossible to misunderstand. Neither blindness nor deafness is easy to have in a world full of mostly seeing and hearing people, but they create different obstacles to overcome.

    Sound of Metal encapsulates…