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  • The Disappointments Room

    The Disappointments Room

    ★½

    I'm sitting here wondering why I hate this so much. What is it that The Disappointments Room does that just fills me with tedium?

    Things start off well, with a quick scene of a family in a car, singing along with a Gilbert and Sullivan song. Despite a bit of poor lip-syncing, few movies can capture the joy of a family being family together. This was one of those moments. But as the song fades, so does the spirit and…

  • Twin Peaks

    Twin Peaks

    ★★★★½

    I'm not sure how appropriate it is to review a TV show pilot apart from the series, but oh well. It was a couple of years ago that I watched through Twin Peaks for the first time and, even without the lure of a new Twin Peaks series on the horizon, have been feeling the desire to rewatch. I do poorly with TV (hell, lately I've been doing poorly with film, too) because of the time commitment, so I don't…

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  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★★★

    In college I was an English major with a minor in Journalism. I went that route because Journalism was the only English-related minor that, at my University, an English major could take. But as I went through the classes to get my minor, I came to realize two things:

    1. I had a deep love of what newspaper do and a respect for the people who write the stories.

    2. My personality would never hold up in the journalistic world.…

  • Joy

    Joy

    ★½

    David O. Russell needs to pause for a moment and look at the career of Tim Burton. Tim Burton started off as an intriguing, creative director, but then he fell in love with Johnny Depp and Helen Bonham Carter and he stopped making movies, he started making backyard jungle gyms for his new infatuations to play about in. Quality tanked, movies sucked, life goes on because there are plenty of movies out there to watch that aren't Burton/Carter/Depp lovefests.

    David…