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, and short story writer. 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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Mortdecai

Mortdecai

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Unlike the majority of people I know, I’ve yet to grow tired of Johnny Depp’s bizarre acting decisions as of late. I have found him as strangely funny as ever in such divisive films as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dark Shadows, and Tusk, mainly because they’re just so odd, but also because you can […]

Comedy Dynamics Presents: Bill Hicks

Comedy Dynamics Presents: Bill Hicks

| April 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bill Hicks had a remarkable gift of connection. Like J.D. Salinger, Jack Kerouac, James Dean, and a handful of others, Hicks possessed the power to make an individual feel like they found a kindred spirit. Experiencing Hicks, one is compelled to believe that he’s speaking to you, for you, and with you, and that you […]

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Comedy Dynamics Presents: Bill Hicks, A One-Time Only Event

Comedy Dynamics Presents: Bill Hicks, A One-Time Only Event

| April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

On Monday, April 27, 2015 at 8:00PM, a one-time only event—and a potential life-changing one for some—will take place at select theaters nationwide. Comedy Dynamics Presents: Bill Hicks, an evening of appreciation for the late comedy legend that will feature his classic HBO special Relentless and include some bonus footage that is expected to please […]

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The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry

The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

A mid-career film from the highly prolific, underrated director Robert Siodmak is a screen adaptation of a play called The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry (1945). It’s a well-crafted little family thriller that’s perfectly reflective of its post-War, post-Depression setting (and time of release), and its theatre origins are evident throughout: it feels little more than […]

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The Beat Generation

The Beat Generation

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

A serial rapist, an unwanted pregnancy, an abortion subplot, victim blaming, cultural mockery, generational differences, gender issues, ideological debates, poetry, jazz, night clubs, cigarettes, alcohol…these are among the many ways The Beat Generation (1959) gets its kicks. As a film which was released in the very year the phrase was popularized, the film is an interesting […]

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Rosewater

Rosewater

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jon Stewart’s first foray into filmmaking comes with certain expectations: politics, humor, satire, intelligence. Certainly a comedy is the first assumption, but Rosewater is the kind of movie that deepens our understanding of what can be expected from Stewart. Based on the true story of Maziar Bahari, an expatriated Iranian who returned home to cover […]

My Seven Favorite Films of 2014

My Seven Favorite Films of 2014

| January 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

I still have not seen a handful of would-be great films—most notably Birdman, Interstellar, and Foxcatcher—but of the thirty films I have seen from 2014, these were my favorites, presented here in alphabetical order due to difficulty of committing them to a ranking order:   BOYHOOD [dir. Richard Linklater] There’s not much else I can […]

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Tusk: Kevin Smith’s Metamorphosis

Tusk: Kevin Smith’s Metamorphosis

| December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tusk is the first movie of its kind. Starting as a discussion piece on Kevin Smith’s podcast Smodcast, the writer/director/podcaster spun a hypothetical yarn after reading an internet ad that captured his imagination. This ad was from a person seeking a roommate, but on the condition that this roommate don a makeshift walrus costume once […]

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Favorites of the Moon: 30th Anniversary

Favorites of the Moon: 30th Anniversary

| August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Thirty years ago, a gem of a film called Favorites of the Moon was released to wide international acclaim. The Cohen Film Collection has released the debut of this fairly obscure film on DVD and Blu-ray, finally allowing citizens of the United States to see a remastered version of Otar Iosseliani’s unique, impressive, ambitious, sprawling […]

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Stage Fright

Stage Fright

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Stage Fright is the kind of horror movie that some people will really love.  Going in, I thought I was going to be one of them.  Unfortunately, I was not. Jerome Sable’s feature film debut as writer/director has a lot of potential right off the bat.  An unexpected combination of tones—theater, horror, musical, comedy—grabs the […]

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