The Man in the Movie Hat

The Man in the Movie Hat

The Man in the Movie Hat

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Editorial

What You Should Be Watching: The Element of Crime (1984)

Film

To simultaneously commemorate the arrival of Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac and the thirtieth anniversary of his debut film, this is as good a ti[...]

Review

A Million Ways to Die in the West: When DeLorean Becomes Fact, Print DeLorean or: Sheep, Fields of Sheep, A Tremendous Amount of Sheep

Film

Following on the heels of the smash hit Ted, one of the contemporary Kings of American comedy sets his sights on the old West for his second feature f[...]

Review

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: B.Y.O.M. (Bring Your Own Meaning)

Film

The following review contains spoilers, which will be marked with (SPOILER ALERT) at the beginning and (END SPOILER ALERT) at the end. The Amazing Spi[...]

Editorial

A Petition to Give Bob Fosse’s Five Features the Criterion Treatment

Film

The Criterion Collection have released complete canons—or near complete—for many important filmmakers. They even have their special “eclipse ser[...]

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[...]

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Review

Prisoners: A B-Movie in A-Movie Clothing

Dan Johnson

Prisoners is a lurid, pulpy whodunit disguised as a thought-provoking psychological thriller. Which is not to say it’s badly made – in fact, almost everything not having to do with the script is thoughtful, often nuanced, even beautiful. Unfortunately, the script is too ridiculous for such serious treatment, and so Prisoners, as enjoyable as it […]

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Review

Lee Daniels’ The Butler: Race Relations (and Oscar Bait) 101

Dan Johnson

I walked out of Lee Daniels’ The Butler slightly confused. I knew what I had just seen. I knew how the majority of the audience had reacted to it. But I had one question that I was trying to give as much thought to as I possibly could: Why was this movie made? “To educate […]

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Review

The World’s End: Dance (and Drink) Apocalyptic

Dan Johnson

Immaturity and defiance are what might save the human spirit. Immaturity and defiance are what threaten to destroy the Earth. Immaturity and defiance are what keep pushing-40 Gary King (Simon Pegg) trapped completely in the teenage past (down to the car he drives) – specifically, in one failed, glorious attempted pub crawl with his four […]

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Review

Blackfish: Free Willy (Before He Kills Again)

Dan Johnson

The degree to which Blackfish is effective is, like with most animal documentaries, dependent to some extent on the degree to which you as an audience member empathize with animals. (The movie is hoping that you really, really do.) Unlike most animal documentaries, however, the empathy issue is complicated by the fact that the main […]

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