Archive for the ‘ B films ’ Category

The Place Beyond the Pines Shows Good Movies Can Be Forgettable

pines 1From the first trailer for The Place Beyond the Pines, it was clear the marketing team decided to utilize Ryan Gosling’s star power as a main attraction. And really, who can blame them? At that point in 2012, Gosling was riding high after a string of high profile performances in Blue Valentine (review here), Drive, Crazy, Stupid, Love and The Ides of March (review here). The problem, however, is that Ryan Gosling is hardly in Pines. Continue reading

We Need To Talk About Kevin…And Much More


For tragic, violent events, American news outlets typically focus on the event itself, before delving into the character of the perpetrator. The aftermath is rarely shown or discussed in terms of who feels the effects. Similarly, the lead up gets the cursory glance before focusing on what caused it—outside the people in question—and how to prevent it in the future.

We Need to Talk About Kevin, based on a 2003 novel, simultaneously discusses the beforehand through the struggles of motherhood and the aftermath with how the family and town are changed. Tilda Swinton stars as Eva, a skittish woman with a tenuous hold on her sanity in the present day after her son, Kevin, terrorized her and his school two years prior. Continue reading

Finding Carter Needs A New Home

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It’s a nature versus nurture example for the ages. A young girl is told the mother she knows and loves is actually her kidnapper. Upon returning to what is her biological family, which includes a mother, father, twin sister and a younger brother, the girl has trouble adapting because she was happy with her former situation. Does biological loyalty overtake emotional familiarity?

This is the premise for MTV’s new show Finding Carter. Carter (Kathryn Prescott, who looks a bit like Arya Stark in seven years) is abruptly informed of the false life she had been living. The mother she had known abducted her thirteen years prior and now, her biological mother, Elizabeth Wilson (Cynthia Watros from Titus and The Drew Carey Show), brings the teenager home. Continue reading

Cate Blanchett is “Blue Jasmine”



Many things can draw an audience to a particular film. An up-and-coming director or writer. A beloved star. An interesting plot. Rarely, though, a performance stands as the main appeal. Woody Allen’s new comedic drama “Blue Jasmine” showcases such a performance from Cate Blanchett as the delusional, mentally/emotionally unstable Jasmine. Continue reading

Kinsey Pushes Science and Sex



I recently saw an episode of the late 1950s show Naked City, where the protagonist is invited to witness the execution—by electric chair—of a man he helped imprison. Apart from the startling idea of being invited to witness someone’s death, the mere notion of showing such an episode on television during such a conservative time dumbfounded me. Granted, we only see the reactions of the spectators and not the writhing chaos of the execution. Yet, I still found it amazing something so morbid would be allowed on television, but anything that would even hint at sexuality—particularly female sexuality—faced the wrath of the masses. Continue reading

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