Young Adult (2011)

Young Adult (2011) – As I have mentioned before, the films of Jason Reitman tend to take character would be unsympathetic (a tobacco lobbyist, a pregnant hipster teen, and a corporate hatchet man) and gets you almost root for them. Young Adult doesn’t quite follow that formula. Charlize Theron definitely plays an unlikable character but … Continue reading

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) – So in the month since I’ve seen the latter, I’ve still not quite made up my mind whose film version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo I prefer: Niels Arden Oplev or David Fincher. The Swedish Dragon Tattoo is the only film of Oplev’s I’ve ever … Continue reading

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) – Let’s get something out of the way: holy shit! Tom Cruise is insane. I mean we already knew he was “I’m going jump up and down on a couch” and “I’m in a cult” insane, but this… If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, I refer you to … Continue reading

Melancholia (2011)

Melancholia (2011) – Melancholia is a movie that is every bit as cheery as its title would imply. How can you tell that always-unnerving Danish director Lars von Trier has made a downer? Well professionally disconcerting German actor Udo Kier appears as comic relief (he is actually kind of funny in the part). The title … Continue reading

The Descendants (2011)

The Descendants (2011) – George Clooney is one of those actors who has personality that tends to bleed through to whatever role he’s playing. There’s even a sort of charm in him even when he’s playing a cold-blooded CIA assassin (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, or his Oscar-winning role in Syriana) or the single worst … 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

Hugo (2011)

Hugo (2011) – So as the almost-400 movie reviews written by yours truly available on this site might indicate, I am a bit of a film nut. More than a nut. An enthusiast. An addict. I am in love with the magic of the movies, and let me assure you movies ARE magic. Martin Scorsese … Continue reading

50/50 (2011)

50/50 (2011) – This is one of the best movies I’ve seen all year. You know that old cliché of “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry?” Well this movie actually probably can make you do both. Somewhat loosely based on the experiences of screenwriter Will Reiser 50/50 is the story of Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a young writer … Continue reading

Hanna (2011)

Hanna (2011) – Kick-Ass proved that a young girl killing a bunch of bad guys has definite entertainment value, but while Kick-Ass was an affectionate parody of comic book films, Hanna has a decidedly more serious take on the subject. Hanna marks a rather significant departure from director Joe Wright’s previous period dramas, Price and … Continue reading

The Ides of March (2011)

The Ides of March (2011) – I have been in college for a long time, mostly due to dropping out a lot and changing majors. At a certain point I figured I’d just pick a god damn major and stick with it so I could just get a degree and get it the hell over … Continue reading