Category Archives: Drama

American Sniper (2014)

No matter where you stand on the war in Iraq debate, American Sniper is a film worth watching. I was torn when the film was released. Did we need another war film? Did we need a film before we were … Continue reading

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Answers to Nothing (2011)

Answers to Nothing join films like Crash and Babel in the multiple-stories-that-interlock genre.  In this Crash-like (or lite) film, director and co-writer Matthew Leutwyler interweaves various lives in Los Angeles to tell a story of loneliness and brokenness. Ryan (Dane Cook) is having an affair with … Continue reading

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London Boulevard (2010)

London Boulevard is the directorial debut of William Monahan.  Monahan won an Oscar for his script for the film Departed, which would explain the similarities between the two films.  The cinematography drapes the London cityscape with blood, grime, and smeared lipstick.  At other … Continue reading

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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010)

Serge Gainsbourg, born Lucien Ginsburg in Paris in 1928 to Russian-Jewish emigrants, was possibly the greatest European cultural icon of the twentieth century, most widely known (and celebrated) for the songs he wrote for beautiful female singers. Not to mention the … Continue reading

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The Broken Tower (2011)

Hart Crane was an early 20th century modernist poet. His poetry was difficult to understand, it was highly stylized, and very ambitious.  James Franco, as writer, director, and actor, brings to us the complicated life of the mustachioed gay romantic living … Continue reading

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Grace of God (2015)

There is a delicate balance to be found between the legalism of the Old Testament and the astonishing grace of the New Testament. Too often we are either overwhelmingly consumed with following the “rules” that we ignore the power of … Continue reading

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The Way (2010)

Emilio Estevez’ The Way joins the ranks of other classic “journey” films (think Wizard of Oz).  Tom Avery (Martin Sheen) is an ophthalmologist, making a career in helping people see.  He and his son Daniel (Estevez) see the world differently. Life has changed after … Continue reading

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J. Edgar (2011)

Clint Eastwood is a brilliant filmmaker.  We know this.  Just take a look at Million Dollar Baby (2004) or his World War II films Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and Letters From Iwo Jima (2006).  I had to remind myself of this fact throughout J. Edgar (2011). Like Invictus (2009), … Continue reading

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23 Blast (2014)

Dylan Baker is known for his various roles in television and film. Namely, his role as Colin Sweeney in The Good Wife. Most recently he was J. Edgar Hoover in the film Selma. Many will remember him from other films … Continue reading

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Big Eyes (2014)

Margaret Keane, the painter famously known for the big, oversized doe-like eyes of her subjects, is the subject of the new film, Big Eyes. Tim Burton, a Keane collector, directs Amy Adams as Margaret Keane, with the script by Scott … Continue reading

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