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Posts Tagged ‘ family ’

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

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We Need To Talk About Kevin…And Much More


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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

Don Jon’s Appeal is Only Skin Deep


(ScreenCrush)Clean the apartment. Gym. Club. Sex. Porn. Church. Family Dinner. Repeat. This is the first half of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Don Jon,” his feature film directorial debut. JGL takes the interesting premise of a superficial guy who enjoys porn more than sex—for its ability to let him escape—and cranks that up to eleven. He sets the scene in New Jersey with thick accents, excessive hair product, muscles and tight dresses only to emphasize the sexual nature of the film with quick cuts of porn and sex with random girls he finds at the clubs.

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi


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If given the ultimatum to choose three types of food for the rest of your life, what would they be? I love cheese and bread, but I’d have to choose Japanese, Indian, and Thai. I think I’d be happy swapping between those three for the rest of my hypothetical, regulated life. Watching Jiro Ono carefully place delectable slices of fish on the counter in Jiro Dreams of Sushi only validates my decision. Continue reading

The Descendants


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It has now been a year since this site’s inception. Thanks to everyone reading and spreading the word. I am forever grateful. As a gift since I won’t be posting until 2013, I’ll have three reviews today. First up, The Descendants. Continue reading

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