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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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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Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2

Nymphomaniac: Volumes 1 & 2

| July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Lars von Trier’s films are exhausting.  They’re long, they’re intense, they’re challenging, they’re discomforting, and they’re often upsetting in their directness.  However, they’re also among the most intimidatingly original, innovative, and expressive of anyone’s work in my lifetime.  They’re deeply intelligent in their magnitude of calibrated sorrow, and the full scope of human complexity is […]

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Unacceptable Levels

Unacceptable Levels

| June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

It would appear that since World War II, the rise of production and consumerism in America created a supply and demand paradigm which gave way to degenerative capitalistic tendencies.  In short: capitalism gone awry.  The need to make a quick buck cultivated a shortsightedness of catastrophic proportions.  In fact, the catastrophe has manifested itself in […]

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Alan Partridge

Alan Partridge

| June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Co-writer, co-producer, and star Steve Coogan brings his beloved character back for another chapter in the ongoing saga of media personality Alan Partridge in Alan Partridge (the US title, as opposed to the original UK title Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa—though it could’ve been called Alan Partridge: Siege Face).  A satire on fame, selling out, corporate […]

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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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