Monthly Archives: May 2011

This Week’s Movie: BLUE VALENTINE

I’m either perfectly suited, or perfectly ill-suited, to review Derek Cianfrance’s 2010 film Blue Valentine. The problem is, I’m not sure which it is. The film is about the creation of, and subsequent disintegration of, a marriage. As a child … Continue reading

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This Week’s Movie: THIS IS SPINAL TAP

It’s pretty rare that one movie creates a genre, and then promptly ruins that genre for filmmakers to come. You could argue that there have not yet been American gangster or martial arts movies to surpass The Godfather and Enter … Continue reading

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This Week’s Movie: LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL

Luc Besson’s 1994 effort Leon: The Professional received one of the worst movie reviews I’ve ever read. It was syndicated in my hometown paper, the Topeka Capital-Journal, and I’ve long since forgotten who the original author was or what service … Continue reading

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This Week’s Movie: WINTER’S BONE

When I was living on the island of Curacao a couple of years ago, one of the things I missed most about the States was the independent movie. On the island we only got the biggest releases, and by biggest … Continue reading

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This Week’s Movie: BLOOD SIMPLE

There are a lot of crime movies which turn on the theme of “nobody knows anybody.” But a much rarer thing – and much harder to pull off as a filmmaker – is the movie where “everybody should know everybody, … Continue reading

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