The Tree of Life (2011)

The Tree of Life (2011) — My friend Tim recently characterized Terrence Malick as “my favorite film-maker whose films will put me to sleep the first time I see them.” This was not intended dismissively as the point was, I think, that he tends to re-watch them (also a comment on their meditative pace). Likewise, … Continue reading

Cars 2 (2011)

Cars 2 (2011) — I don’t know why I ever have doubts about Pixar. I thought a cooking rat sounded dumb and it turned out to be one of the best movies they’ve ever done. I was also pleasantly surprised by the first Cars (particularly the ending). That being said it’s probably my least favorite … Continue reading

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)

Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010) — I think the PG-13 direct-to-video animated movies from DC and Warner Premiere have been by-and-large pretty great, but the Superman/Batman ones (Apocalypse follows the earlier Superman/Batman: Public Enemies) based on the comics by Jeph Loeb have left me somewhat cold, much like the comics they’re based on. (Actually excepting The Long … Continue reading

Street Fight (2005)

Street Fight (2005) — Flat out one of the best political documentaries I have ever seen. Street Fight is about the 2002 mayoral election between 16-year-incumbant Newark, New Jersey mayor Sharpe James and challenger Cory Booker. The film focuses on Booker. According to director Marshall Curry, this is because he wanted to cover both sides … Continue reading

Nursery University (2008)

Nursery University (2008) — I already didn’t want kids, but this movie strengthened that resolve for me. At the very least if I were ever to procreate, I would do it far far away from Manhattan. This documentary is about the ultra-competitive private preschool system in Manhattan. There has been a major baby boom in … Continue reading

Freakonomics (2010)

Freakonomics (2010) — Economist Steven D. Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner publishes their books Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics to “explore the hidden side of everything.” Now with the aid of five documentarians they have urns that into a movie, finding connections where they aren’t readily apparent. The movie also sets to dunking theories that have … Continue reading

It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010) — Hey, it’s a movie set in a mental hostpital where nobody kills themself! Cool. I was worried for a good chunk of the movie (especially toward the end) that someone was going to do that. Anyway the story is about a kid (Keir Gilchrist) who’s really depressed … Continue reading

The Craft (1996)

The Craft (1996) — Meh. I’m not sure if this actually qualifies as a horror movie or a non-comedic version of Mean Girls with magic… A group of four “teenage” girls (Fairuza Balk, the very cute Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell and the then-30 Rachel True) start their own coven or whatever and have fun doing … Continue reading

The Doom Generation (1995)

The Doom Generation (1995) — Oh, the 90s… Remember the 90s? Indie cinema in the 90s was kind of a mixed bag. I kind of liked The Doom Generation. It doesn’t really go anywhere but that might be what I like about it. Stuff happens and I guess it sort of builds but I’m not … Continue reading

The Horde (2009)

The Horde (2009) — I really can’t say why I didn’t connect with this movie, but I just didn’t. It has most of what I love in zombie movies. There are definitely a handful of truly awesome moments. The story’s good. The blood keeps flowing. Maybe it’s because the characters aren’t very well-developed so I … Continue reading