The Master (2012)

The Master (2012) – So looking across the wide range of American film-makers working today, it’s easy to single Paul Thomas Anderson as one of the geniuses. With a track record that includes Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, and There Will Be Blood (in addition to Hard Eight, which I have not seen yet but … Continue reading

The Muppets (2011) (& Toy Story Toons: Small Fry)

The Muppets (2011) – I am just so happy. I had a big smile on my face pretty much from the beginning of this movie to the end. I was skeptical at first that Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, of Forgetting Sarah Marshall fame, were going to be able to tackle a wholesome property like … Continue reading

The Fighter (2010)

The Fighter (2010) — I’m sure one day a movie will come along that doesn’t depict eastern Massachusettes as a bitter hellscape paved with broken dreams, but in the meantime the ones that do are pretty damn good.  The Fighter (set in Lowell) follows the life of “Irish” Micky Ward from 1993 to 2000, though … Continue reading

Julie & Julia (2009)

Julie & Julia (2009) — So I’m not a huge fan of “chick flicks” and I was somewhat worried this would be one.  It wasn’t.  Okay, actually I guess it was but I rather liked it.  Probably because it was free of most of the reasons I usually hate chick flicks (except for one superficial … Continue reading