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“50/50” Review (2011)

Apart from maybe zombies and terrorists, the movie hero really has no greater foil than Cancer.  It’s used multiple times per year to varying degress of success, and this years entry into Hollywoods cannon of Cancer fighting films 50/50, is one of the best we’ve seen in a long time. Working off a script derived from the […]

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Dear Internet, You’re Killing Great Television. Please Stop.

There’s this really odd subset of fandom culture, for lack of a better word, lets call these people “The Idiots”.  These are the type of fans that emphatically support whatever it is they’re interested in, be it a band, a specific film, or a television show, but contribute nothing to that thing’s continued existence.  They […]

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Required Watching: The Evolution of a Dramedy Icon – “Observe and Report”

Required Watching is a weekly segment where I take a look at three films that in one way or another are related to the coming week’s major release.  They represent film’s I’ve always wanted to see, have seen and want to revisit, or films that I just think are worth talking about.  This week I’m […]

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Required Watching: The Evolution of a Dramedy Icon – “Funny People”

Required Watching is a weekly segment where I take a look at three films that in one way or another are related to the coming week’s major release.  They represent film’s I’ve always wanted to see, have seen and want to revisit, or films that I just think are worth talking about.  This week I’m […]

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“Drive”: Attempting to Understand the Critic and Audience Disconnect

When I see a film I like I generally try to recommend it to as many people as possible.  I see a lot of movies, so a number of co-workers often come to me when they’re trying to decide which movie to see over the weekend.  After seeing Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Drive and absolutely falling […]

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TIFF 11 Wrap Up

With my first big festival experience under my belt now, it’s become increasingly harder to enjoy movies in any other context.  It’s been a week since the festival wrapped, and every time I venture back into theaters to watch a film I can’t help but get a little sad about a couple of things.  The […]

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“Gob Bless America” Review (2011)

I don’t know if this comes across in my writing at all, but I’m a ridiculously cynical person.  For the most part I don’t really like people.  I’m not sure how to explain it exactly, but I think the majority of my experiences with the human race, apart from my friends, has been less than desirable.  Thus, […]

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“The Day” Review (2011)

I’m kind of a sucker for really well done trailers.  It’s embarrassing, but all it takes to get me in a theater seat for a screening of your film is a well crafted, interesting trailer.  I wouldn’t be nearly as excited as I am to see the probably-not-very-good Mission Impossible 4 had the trailer been any less awesome […]

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“The Odds” Review (2011)

I still don’t really understand Poker’s popularity.  I remember playing in High-school a bit simply because it was the “thing to do” at the time, but it’s always confused me a little how such a relatively silly game could come to be as popular as it is today.  Even more perplexing is the amount of people who […]

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“Sleepless Night” Review (2011)

One of my favourite crime thrillers of the 00s is Michael Mann‘s Collateral starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx.  Foxx plays a taxi driver who gets roped in to escorting a badass assasin, Cruise, around LA as he takes out the various criminals he’s been paid to kill.  There’s this one set-piece where the two […]

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