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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

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

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You’ve got three weeks before an asteroid collides with Earth, ending life as we know it. What do you do? Do you take on your bucket list and finally go see that picture perfect place? Maybe you attack life with the reckless abandon you always dreamed of but never enacted due to a fear of breaking societal norms. Whatever it is, I’m sure it is more interesting than the three weeks Dodge (Steve Carell) and Penny (Keira Knightley) take on in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Continue reading

Side Effects

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I lied in my last post. One thing America seems to love more than guns is pharmaceuticals. In 2012, revenue for the brand name and general pharmaceutical manufacturing industries brought in upwards of $200 billion, and that’s with a slight decline in the brand name industry over the past five years. Don’t believe me about the medicinal presence in American culture? Go watch the nightly news. Almost every commercial will be for some form of drug, from sleeping pills to depression aids and back. So with pharmaceuticals playing such a crucial role in American culture did Steven Soderbergh decide to take a stand in Side Effects against the almighty giants like Pfizer? Not really.

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Paper Man

Something nobody wants is loneliness. We spend our lives making networks of friends to avoid spending most of our time in solitude. Richard Dunn (Jeff Daniels) is a socially inept, struggling writer being sent to a cabin in Long Island by his supportive, yet exasperated wife Claire (Lisa Kudrow) in the indie dramedy Paper Man. Continue reading

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