Monthly Archives: July 2012

This Week’s Movie: DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE

After watching the grim, ditchwater-dull Wrath of the Titans earlier this year, I had a much greater appreciation for how difficult blockbuster filmmaking is. Money can buy special effects, be they of the practical or computer-generated variety, but it can’t … Continue reading

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This Week’s Movie: BEGINNERS

If you want a dictionary definition of what a film critic means when he or she says a movie is “understated,” take a look at Mike Mills’* 2011 film Beginners. This film is doggedly determined to be quiet and thoughtful, … Continue reading

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This Week’s Movie: L.A. CONFIDENTIAL

If you were to describe Curtis Hanson’s 1997 noir epic L.A. Confidential with a word like “safe,” I wouldn’t really argue. This is a film which might think that it’s being dangerous with its takes on police corruption and the … Continue reading

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This Week’s Movie: KILL BILL

Watching both halves of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill back-to-back is an interesting experience. It did not seem to me that the pictures were intended to be two parts of a whole, although of course they were. They seem like two … Continue reading

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