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The Man in the Movie Hat

The Man in the Movie Hat

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Review

The Russell Hustle: An American Master at the Top of His Game (and on the Shoulders of Giants)

Film

Much like Martin Scorsese and John Ford before him, David O. Russell makes genre and studio films that also function as vehicles in which to tell his [...]

Review

Community: “Repilot” Plus One

Television

The season five premiere of NBC’s Community (titled “Repilot”) ends pretty clearly, metaphorically speaking. The episode had a l[...]

Review

Inside Llewyn Davis: Liked, But Not Well-Liked

Film

Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before. A young man – determined, idealistic, perhaps a bit difficult at times, but aren’t all y[...]

Editorial

You’re Wrong About The Hobbit (And Movie Franchises in General)

Film

(Author’s note: Though not usually my style, the garish, hyperbolic title à la Slate Magazine‘s usual fare seemed to fit this article [...]

Review

The Wolf of Wall Street: A Wolf in Sheep’s Coke-Fiend

Film

Jordan Belfort’s a salesman, a gangster, a rock star. He’s an addict, a leader, a swindler, a spitfire of unpredictable pizazz and power. [...]

Review

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: More of the Ring (and Everything Else)

Film

Six hours and two films into Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, it’s a bit hard to look at the end results – An Unexpected Journey (hereafter H[...]

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Review

Blue Jasmine: I Always Play Russian Roulette in My Head

Jared Stroup

Boy, the feminist community is going to have a field day with this project for years to come. Let me start by illustrating a point about feminism: I consider myself a male feminist in many respects, but to me, feminism is about treating women as human beings. There’s a certain mentality that perpetuates the view […]

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Review

Pacific Rim: Rock ‘em – Sock ‘em With a Soul

Dan Johnson

Pacific Rim is a film that knows exactly what it’s about, and knows exactly how it’s about it. This may seem like damning with faint praise. It’s not. In fact, in an age of post-modern, self-reflexive blockbusters, it’s downright refreshing. Pacific Rim, the latest film from director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, the Hellboy films, […]

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Editorial

The Birth of the Kool: How ‘Pulp Fiction’ Inadvertently Explains Seventies America

Jared Stroup

Pulp Fiction (1994) opens with two criminals talking at a restaurant. They discuss how things have changed, how they’re tired of trying to adapt to the new aspects of robbery. It used to be so simple, but it’s become complicated. They decide to try something new: to rob the restaurant they’re eating at. This impulse […]

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Editorial

Second Take: Avatar (2009)

Jared Stroup

Second Take is a Man in the Movie Hat feature wherein a movie believed (by one of the writers of this site) to be misunderstood or underrated is looked at from a new perspective. The goal is to encourage a naysayer to take a second look and perhaps to recalibrate said film’s reputation…or to cause […]

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