Tag: drama

Jaws 19

Jaws 19

| October 23, 2015

No one was more skeptical than me going into Jaws 19.  It’s difficult for any film series to stay fresh and interesting after 19 installments and the Jaws franchise is absolutely no exception.  The original Jaws is a masterpiece, which I’ve been watching since I was a kid.  That is maybe not appropriate for a […]

Z for Zachariah

Z for Zachariah

| October 21, 2015

I tend to really like post-apocalyptic movies, but am worried the concept has gotten a bit worn over the past few years.  Common tropes about humanity declining into monstrous versions of ourselves (literally and figuratively), mistrust, and survival can only be re-imagined so many times before movies start coming out that feel like complete regurgitations […]

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Ascension: Season 1

Ascension: Season 1

| October 16, 2015

Someone should tell whoever’s in charge of these things that a show that is cancelled is not retroactively a “mini-series.”  I went into Ascension thinking the three episodes were going to be the entire story and was slightly disappointed to see the third episode end in a cliffhanger.  Not a huge problem, I thought.  I […]

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Dark Places

Dark Places

| October 10, 2015

Gone Girl was one of my favorite films from last year.  It was a really cool and thrilling murder mystery that offered a rarely amazing performance from Ben Affleck and put Rosamund Pike on my radar forever.  Pike gave one of the best performances I’ve ever seen captured on film, and I’ve gone out of […]

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Hitler: The Last Ten Days

Hitler: The Last Ten Days

| September 23, 2015

Assembled largely from firsthand accounts, this film tells the story of the final days of Adolf Hitler’s life, hiding away in  his bunker with his girlfriend, his most trusted advisors, and their families while Germany crumpled around them. I for one am pretty tired of seeing movies about Hitler, whether they’re docudramas like this or […]

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Love & Mercy

Love & Mercy

| September 21, 2015

The film Love & Mercy portrays two very distinct eras in Brian Wilson’s life: One showing the incredible composer and songwriter creating legendary music in early 1960s California, and the other depicting a mentally ill man two decades later combatting hallucinations and paranoia. Paul Dano plays the younger Brian Wilson at the apex of The […]

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Mad Dog Time

Mad Dog Time

| September 18, 2015

It’s odd to me that I’ve never even heard of this movie.  In 1996, I was 12, already a big fan of Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park) and Richard Dreyfus (Jaws), and I’d like to think a quirky little gangster movie like this would be right up my alley.  Unfortunately, I didn’t know this movie existed […]

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Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman

Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman

| September 18, 2015

To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite work of fiction.  Maybe that’s because it’s one of the first classics I chose to read rather than being forced to in school.  Maybe it’s because I was in a stage version of the play when I started college (I played the villain Bob Ewell, and it’s a […]

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The Returned: Season 1

The Returned: Season 1

| September 13, 2015

I wasn’t looking forward to watching The Returned once I realized it was a TV series and not a movie.  Turns out I was confusing this series with another that aired last year called Resurrection on ABC.  It also turns out that I’m not alone, and the failure of Resurrection made it impossible for The […]

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The Age of Adaline

The Age of Adaline

| September 13, 2015

Now available of DVD and BluRay, The Age of Adaline is a film that feels like it should mean more. Telling the story of a woman named Adaline (Blake Lively) who one day mysteriously stops aging, the film is the type of high concept epic that is rarely made, (unless you’re David Fincher and you […]

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