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  • The Outsider

    The Outsider


    A lot of the reviews of The Outsider are rather insufferable, little more than propped up excuses for snarky knee jerks and a complete unwillingness to lower the cynical armor and actually attempt to engage with the material. That’s too bad, because although The Outsider is not a great movie, it’s not the complete shit show the popular tsunami suggests either.

    The story the movie tells is loosely based on, or inspired by, the life of real life American G.I.…

  • Hard Luck

    Hard Luck


    Supposedly Keaton's own personal favorite of his shorts, but it's hard to see what makes it stand out for him. While it certainly has its share of funny scenes, it not as coherent, and doesn't build as much upon itself as One Week or The Boat – two superior shorts both constructed around a central idea.

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  • From Up on Poppy Hill

    From Up on Poppy Hill


    The world was very unkind to Goro Miyazaki when he took the unexpected leap from landscape architect and museum manager to director in 2006. Tales from Earthsea had its fair share of weaknesses and outright faults, but the yardstick by which the younger Miyazaki was measured and found lacking was downright unfair and cruel. The recent documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi contains a musing from a food critic that's strikingly relevant: 86 year old Jiro is still in charge of…

  • The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games


    Essentially Battle Royale for the Twilight crowd, The Hunger Games makes the leap from the pages to the big screen with the majority of the details intact. Sticking so closely to the source material means that the movie also shares the novel's strengths and weaknesses.

    First and foremost, Katniss remains an interesting, reluctant rebel character (Jennifer Lawrence, excellent), while the rest of the cast of characters veer more towards simple archetypes, sometimes wrapped in colorful costumes, sometimes not. The dystopic…