Category Archives: Reviews

A woman in the middle of a thousand-mile journey throws one of her boots into a crevasse. Why? Why indeed. That is the rosebud of Wild (2014), the story of a woman’s quest to walk the Pacific Crest Trail from …

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One of the tragedies of the human condition is that perfection requires the type of myopic drive, focus and, frankly, selfishness that make great work but maybe not great people. The type of arrogance and brilliance to even attempt curing …

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Some directors are magicians. Far too many are technicians. J.C. Chandor is showing himself to be a teacher. Scorsese is a teacher. Soderbergh too. They want to frame their emotional stories around the mechanics of a certain thing. How a …

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When I was in college, I was roommates with a guy in a band. The band was good, played a lot in big local venues and won a number of competitions. My roommate remains a musician today. Once, I got …

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Why does a storyteller want to tell a story? What motivates someone to do extremely hard work that involve hundreds of people in the service of something? Wouldn’t you think that person would have a vested interest in knowing those …

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The genius of Selma (2014) is the way it understands that the story of the 1965 civil rights march from Selma, Alabama, to the capitol in Montgomery doesn’t simply take place on the streets and bridges and on courthouse steps, …

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