The Lincoln Lawyer

Film Review #249: Mathew McConaughey in The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

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The last film I reviewed, The Drop, also got 3/4 stars from me, and I give The Lincoln Lawyerthe same honor. I was tempted to bring it up to 3.5/4 stars for one reason and one reason only, and that is the charisma of the lead actor, Academy Award winner Mathew McConaughey (man, it feels good to type that). I realize this isn’t quite enough to bring up the film to the next level, but I really…

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The Drop

Film Review #248: Tom Hardy in The Drop (1974)

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The Drop is a perfectly serviceable crime movie, and a good showcase for its stars’ talents, but doesn’t amount to much more than that. Things aren’t predictable really, but they aren’t surprising either. The film is good, but definitely not great. You’ll come out of it with a positive experience, but it’s not one you’ll be dying to repeat anytime soon.

Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) is a Brookyln…

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The King of Comedy

Film Review #247: Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy (1982)

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The King of Comedy is one of those overlooked gems lurking in the depths of Scorsese’s brilliant filmography. Like many of those more obscure films, it has nothing to do with the mafia, but does peer into other interesting and dark themes. Specifically at hand here is modern celebrity culture and the price of fame. Teaming up with Robert De Niro for the fifth time, The King of Comedyis both…

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The Conversation

Film Review #246: Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation (1974)

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The Conversation is one of the best movies I have ever seen. It is very similar to a film I reviewed earlier this year and also immensely admired: Antonioni’s Blowup. Like that film, a possible witness to a criminal act ends up questioning reality because of the technology that’s allowed him to see what he’s seen, or in the case of The Conversation, heard. While Hemmings’ character in Blowupcan’…

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Enemy

Film Review #245: Dennis Villeneuve’s Enemy

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Enemy is a film that I have been waiting patiently to see for a long time. I liked Villeneuve’s last film, Prisoners, even if it was slightly flawed, and in Enemyhe reteams with Gyllenhaal again so I was excited to see the results. Add to that the interesting conceit of having two Jake Gyllenhaal performances in one movie, and I was even more excited. The movie lived up to my expectations for…

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Gone to Earth

Film Review #244: Micheal Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s Gone to Earth (1950)

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About a year ago, a friend of mine gave me a copy of Gone to Earthto a read, and while doing so, I thought about how good the movie adaptation would be in the hands of Powell and Pressburger. Besides the fact that they’re some of my favorite filmmakers, as I became more immersed in the book the more I realized the story was perfect for them. It deals with a lot of their frequent themes of…

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Under Capricorn

Film Review #243: Alfred Hitchcock’s Under Capricorn (1949)

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Under Capricorn is a pretty enjoyable picture from Hitchcock, especially if one likes period costume dramas. I love ‘em, so I got pretty into this film. It’s not perfect by any means, but it has a good sense of mystery in the beginning and some good performances.

Charles Adare (Michael Wilding) is the black sheep of an aristocratic Irish family come to make his fortune in Australia. His second…

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Fear and Desire

Film Review #242: Stanley Kubrick’s Fear and Desire (1953)

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Fear and Desireis Stanley Kubrick’s first feature, and that’s really the only reason why anybody, including me, ever watches it. Kubrick himself had the film locked away, not wanting anyone to see it until after he died. Unfortunately, that was probably the right call, because though we must make allowances for it (the film being his first, made on next to nothing, and with some pretty terrible…

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The Magnificent Ambersons

Film Review #241: Orson Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

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The Magnificent Ambersons starts the long and tragic tradition of studio interference with the films of Orson Welles.  Some mark The Magnificent Ambersons above Citizen Kane, and maybe I could see that if the film hadn’t been tampered with. The Magnificent Ambersons is a good film, but it feels like something is missing (like maybe forty or so minutes of footage, for instance).

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“over the moon” can either describe a really happy person or a really apathetic werewolf 

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the things he said to Diane were the most important 

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