Movie Reviews

Sep 7 2012

Compliance

(This review was originally published on September 7, 2012 at Reel Film News) I felt I had to weigh in on “Compliance”, which poses as an examination of human behavior in order to feed us more of the exploitative garbage that I was hoping would eventually fade from contemporary cinema. I know, what a ridiculous […]
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Aug 31 2012

V/H/S

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on August 31, 2012.) Anthology films can be a lot of fun. 1982’s Creepshow, directed by George A. Romero (of Night of the Living Dead fame) and written by Stephen King, took us through as many as five stories of the macabre and terrifying – depending on […]
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Aug 17 2012

Oslo, August 31st

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on August 17, 2012.) I feel like I’ve finally internalized one of the differences between European cinema and American cinema after being exposed to more of the former. American cinema chooses to focus on the surface aspects of their subjects, often going for “eye-catching” over depth. European […]
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Aug 17 2012

Oslo, August 31st

(This review was originally published on August 17, 2012 at Reel Film News) He’s sitting in a café, absorbing the activity around him. He listens to a young woman reading a list of dreams and aspirations to her friend at a nearby table; a group of girls joke about suicide; a man and woman small-talk […]
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Aug 15 2012

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

(This review was originally published on August 15, 2012 at Reel Film News) Writer/director Peter Hedges’ family fantasy/drama “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is enjoyable enough, but often feels like it’s dying to be a more serious movie. The story revolves around Jim and Cindy Green (Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner), a couple who […]
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Aug 10 2012

The Bourne Legacy

(This review originally appeared at Reel Film News on August 10, 2012.) Author Robert Ludlum published a trilogy of novels concerning a man named Jason Bourne from 1980 through 1990, starting with The Bourne Identity. The Bourne Supremacy was published in 1986, followed relatively shortly by the final installment, The Bourne Ultimatum. In 2002, Swingers […]
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