Author Archive: Jared Scott Stroup

Studied Film at Eastern Michigan University, the movie store and movie theater he used to work at, on his own, and with friends. Jared is also a playwright, screenwriter, director, short story writer, and essayist. You can read more of his work at two other websites: The Man in the Movie Hat and The Hive Ann Arbor. He lives, works, and walks his dog in the Detroit area, where he's willing to obsessively discuss The Simpsons or the films of Paul Thomas Anderson at a moment's notice.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman: Ubiquitous, Unassuming, and Unpredictable

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Ubiquitous, Unassuming, and Unpredictable

| February 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

On the set of the 1999 film Magnolia, writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson discusses a scene with Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Though the scene revolves around a man dying of cancer (played by Jason Robards) with Hoffman as the caretaker, the two are like schoolyard pals, nudging and giggling with a playful enthusiasm.  What should Hoffman do […]

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Jared Scott Stroup’s Top 10 Films of 2013

Jared Scott Stroup’s Top 10 Films of 2013

| January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Instead of an opening paragraph that will inevitably be skipped over in pursuit of the meat of this article, I’ll just jump right into it. Here are my ten favorite films of 2013, as it currently stands.  This is without having seen some potential greats such as 12 Years a Slave, Her, Frances Ha, The […]

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Curly: An Illustrated Biography of the Superstooge

Curly: An Illustrated Biography of the Superstooge

| October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Curly, the long-standing icon of the legendary comedy troupe The Three Stooges, is still a mystery to many—even those who knew him personally.  Joan Howard Maurer, Curly’s niece, went about trying to figure out this complicated clown, one whose complexities were buried under a childlike sheen of simplicity and an ability to send people into […]

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Blancanieves

Blancanieves

| September 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Imagine Snow White done by F.W. Murnau, Luis Bunuel, and Federico Fellini, and you’d get something on par with Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves. A latter day silent film that manages to feel both modern and classic at the same time, Blancanieves won a ton of Goyas (the Spanish equivalent of the Oscar) earlier this year, and, […]

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This is 40

This is 40

| March 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

The fourth feature from Judd Apatow–his mid-life crisis feature (some might say “presumptuously”) titled This is 40–is a bold continuation of the Apatow brand, setting its course in a more mature direction.  Granted, Apatow did this with his third feature, 2009′s underappreciated Funny People, but despite the heaviness of that film’s themes and the complexities […]

Life’s Too Short: The Complete First Season

Life’s Too Short: The Complete First Season

| January 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Ricky Gervais has expressed a desire to have a certain expected style, citing Woody Allen as a successful example of how this can be obtained.  Of course, this is a recipe open for immense backlash, with a dwindling fanbase inevitably on the horizon.  But the niche market is a place Gervais belongs, and within that […]

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Game Change

Game Change

| January 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Remember Sarah Palin?  She was John McCain’s running mate during the 2008 presidential election.  She was mocked extensively on Saturday Night Live (as they are wont to do), and her presence made politics feel even more like the reality show it had become.  HBO and director Jay Roach collaborated to make a movie to memorialize […]

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Standup Guys: A Generation of Laughs by John DeBellis

Standup Guys: A Generation of Laughs by John DeBellis

| December 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

John DeBellis should be famous.  Far from a household name, he’s shared the company with Larry David, Richard Lewis, Jerry Seinfeld, Gilbert Gottfried, Bill Maher, Andy Kaufman, Woody Allen, Eddie Murphy, and plenty others whose presence is more instantly recognizable than his own.  He even wrote some jokes for Rodney Dangerfield and sketches with Billy […]

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An Askew View 2: The Films of Kevin Smith by John Kenneth Muir

An Askew View 2: The Films of Kevin Smith by John Kenneth Muir

| September 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

John Kenneth Muir had the right idea when he decided to update his previous book on Kevin Smith’s work called An Askew View.  While the first book covered Smith’s first five films, this sequel extends the coverage to include Smith’s second five films.  With the first edition salvaged as the first half of the book, […]

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Deforce: America’s Past.  America’s Future.  Detroit’s Present.

Deforce: America’s Past. America’s Future. Detroit’s Present.

| March 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

When doing a documentary about Detroit, you can go the exploitative route, or you can go the honest route. Deforce: America’s Past. America’s Future. Detroit’s Present. is a documentary that goes the honest route, and by doing so, it addresses the most important issues in America today. And, sadly, the issues that aren’t regularly talked […]

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