“In The End It’s All Nice” (#84)

In previous episodes, we discussed how 1999 films like Fight Club, American Beauty and Magnolia redefined my ideas around what movies could do — just as I was heading into film school. Requiem For A Dream was a part of that, too, except in a more shocking, fringe way. Despite accolades for Ellen Burstyn’s performance, […]

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Best Of The Decade: 2010s

A decade at the movies is serious business. When the 2010s began, Avatar had just opened in theaters. It went on to top the all-time box office and spawned the short-lived resurgence of 3D, a fad that has mostly died out (again). Netflix, then known for its DVD rental services, was just beginning to expand […]

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10 Reasons ‘Black Swan’ And ‘Birdman’ Are Actually The Same Movie

Birdman is one the year’s most critically beloved films. It features brilliant performances, breathtaking filmmaking, an off-the-beaten-path score, and unfolds in one long unbroken take (but not really). And how about the story? Well, on a narrative level, it’s pretty much the same movie as Black Swan, which is why I admire the film but […]

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Top Ten Films: 2008

Before I started my own entertainment-related blog, my Top Tens had to whore themselves out on my friends’ pages. This one was originally posted on Justin Plus One. As usual with my Top Tens, I have preserved them as they were, even if, in hindsight, I may disagree with some of my own choices. (Did […]

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Top Ten Films: 2010

As a film school graduate, I’m afraid I have an obligation to take entertainment way too seriously. That’s why, when awards season rolls around, I can’t help but partake in the senseless, arbitrary, and totally nerdy critic’s pastime of ranking all the films I saw and compiling a Top Ten List. And since 2011’s award […]

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