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  • The Room

    The Room

    The current "so bad it's good" classic. I'm sorry, folks, but I just couldn't see the good in the bad.

    So the script and acting were awful, which is laughable. And if it were intentionally funny, that would be fine. But there were too many moments of soft-core porn and too many scenes of seriously attempted acting. There is no wink, not even the mild wink of, say, Starship Troopers.

    This means that when we laugh, we are laughing at…

  • Ball of Fire

    Ball of Fire

    ★★★½

    This film comes loaded with enormous baggage of excellence. A screwball comedy, directed by Howard Hawks, written and based on a story by Billy Wilder, staring Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper. Hawks had just directed Stanwyck and Cooper in Meet John Doe, and Wilder learned from Hawks the craft of directing by watching him direct this film. That's a lot of weight for a little comedy.

    Although Wilder based the story idea on the Seven Dwarfs, it reminds me much…

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  • The Overnighters

    The Overnighters

    ★★★★½

    -The Overnighters is the closest movie to my work that I've found. Calvary feels more emotionally resonant and Wendy and Lucy best expresses the lives of the people I serve, but I can't deny the connection between myself and Pastor Jay Reinke. Temperamentally, we couldn't be more different. He's a people-pleaser and I get a rush from conflict. He is concerned with what people think, and I'm more concerned with how people act. As a pastor, I chose to begin…

  • Advantageous

    Advantageous

    ★★★½

    A smart film of insight that I wish had better technical skill.

    A future in which technology has expanded, but social morality has shrunk. A new ability to transfer minds into fresh, new bodies has emerged... and it becomes necessary because women have become even more sexualized, with children openly being prostitutes and older women unable to retain their work because they lack the conventional beauty they once had.

    I love the way the film explores the personal aspects of…