November 2007

Margot at the Wedding

by Eric Melin on November 29, 2007

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Nicole Kidman is selfish, cold, and uncomposed in Noah Baumbach’s darkly funny new film.

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There is a twisted sort of circular logic at play in “Margot at the Wedding,” writer/director Noah Baumbach’s newest look at self-absorbed East Coasters (which is the follow-up to “The Squid and the Whale,” his 2005 picture about self-absorbed East Coasters). Nicole Kidman plays Margot, a writer who has cribbed so extensively from her own [...]

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This Tuesday, J.D. is having his way with the Top 10 movies directed by actors. There are too many directors who are formerly actors, or actors who now mainly direct, so guys like Rob Reiner, Ron Howard, Harold Ramis, Clint Eastwood and yes, even Christopher Guest (thanks Eric, ya jerk!– here’s his list), are out [...]

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No Country for Old Men

by Eric Melin on November 23, 2007

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The Coen brothers release a terrifying and reflective new thriller, and their best film since “Fargo.” See this one.

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Ever since their first movie, 1985’s low budget neo-noir “Blood Simple,” the writing and directing team known as the Coen brothers have always been visual stylists—not in a rich-art-direction-Baz Luhrmann (who fills every frame of “Moulin Rouge” to the limit with splashes of color) kind of way, but more in a Gregg Toland-deliberate-camera-placement-and-lighting-scheme kind of [...]

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The Mist

by JD Warnock on November 22, 2007

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“Shawshank Redemption” director tackles yet another Stephen King story. The results are quite different.

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“The Mist” is the first Frank Darabont feature I can’t endorse. That’s saying something when you consider I’m one of a select few critics who is willing to publicly admit they liked “The Majestic.” Director/screenwriter Frank Darabont is perfectly capable of making modern classics like “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile,” so ”The Mist” isn’t clumsy [...]

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Top 10 Thanksgiving Movies

by Eric Melin on November 20, 2007

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For a moment, let’s forget the fact that Thanksgiving is a hypocritical holiday that celebrates a symbolic peace-loving dinner between two cultures that didn’t really work out too good in the long run. That would make a great Top 10 List on its own: Top 10 Movies That Show How Badly the Indians Got Screwed [...]

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The AMPAS today announced its shortlist of documentaries. These are the only docs that will be considered by the Academy to even be nominated for an Oscar come January. The short-sighted eggheads  left the best documentary from two years ago, Werner Herzog’s “Grizzly Man,” off their list, and they’ve done it again this year. “The King [...]

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Beowulf

by Eric Melin on November 16, 2007

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Find out if this is showing in 3-D IMAX before rushing off to see Robert Zemeckis’ animated re-telling of the epic poem.

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“Beowulf” mounts a heroic effort and that’s not all, the randy Geat! “We came, we saw, we wore fashionable wraparound neon glasses.” Eric and J.D. file an on-camera report from a 3-D IMAX screening of “Beowulf.” Prefer the more considered approach? Eric also filed a print review right here.

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(Note: This review is of the 3-D IMAX version of “Beowulf,” which is not showing at all theaters. Check your local listings for details.) It is oddly appropriate that the oldest surviving epic poem in the English language is the inspiration for the absolute newest in motion picture technology. Director Robert Zemeckis has chosen to [...]

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It’s Top 10 Tuesday again! Just in time for more fun with “Bruno,” a.k.a. Mr. Bruce Willis. Last week, Eric pointed out that Bruce has made at least ten (and definitely more) really bad movies. I’m going the opposite direction. I would like you to consider the top five selections here a “best of list” [...]

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Wanna see Bruce Willis shoot Jack Black’s arm off while sporting the worst rug/’stache combo ever? Then you came to the right place! Eric’s list of the worst Bruce Willis movies will be followed next Top 10 Tuesday by J.D.’s response.

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Some A-List movie stars are allowed to get away with murder, and no one seems to do just that more often than Bruce Willis. For every “Pulp Fiction,” “Die Hard,” or “Sin City” on his resume, the actor has ten movies as bad as “Perfect Stranger.” And since that scummy little stinker came out earlier [...]

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