The Chumscrubber (2005)

The first thought everyone levels at this movie is the one you’d expect from most synopses, the tagline, the cover art–most things: “Suburbia is a joke.” The idea has been covered many times before (most notably, perhaps, in American Beauty), but that’s true of most thoughts and ideas in film (or music, television, books…). It’s […]

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Clerks II (2006)

I always put my foot in my mouth just a bit when talking about comedy, especially modern comedy. I insist that I have no taste for the modern style of overly-raunchy comedy, and find none of it funny. This isn’t strictly true (though I do strictly hate Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller, only making exceptions […]

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City of Angels (1998)

As with everything that people claim is “love it or hate it” or otherwise black and white, I can’t really universally claim what I’m about to. I realize there’s middle ground, hell, I intend to place myself in that middle ground. Whenever this film comes up, it either leads one group to sneer at its […]

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The Cowboys (1972)

I’ve got a funny point of view on this film. Apparently a very funny one. The two critics I pay attention to (meaning that I read their reviews, but don’t necessarily make any judgments based on them) both gave this middling to piddling reviews (Ebert, who I think is a crackpot with a deft ear […]

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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

I don’t know if it’s a colouring of only personal response around me or big critical response or a mix, but I have this recollection of Catch Me If You Can being considered a pretty entertaining movie and that’s all, disappointing as a Spielberg film. It seems to me that it was simply in a […]

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Casino Royale (2006)

I could be sneaky and let you get halfway through the review before revealing this, but let’s get it out of the way first thing instead: I’ve never seen another James Bond movie all the way through paying attention. I was dragged to Tomorrow Never Dies ten years ago, but had no investment in it […]

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Cat People (1942)

The most famous Val Lewton picture overall I do believe, and one that has suffered ruination in my past–some documentaries saying "Watch now, this tense scene from Val Lewton's Cat People…" This is one of the most frustrating ways to see anything, as you cannot regain the surprise of context for films, which is part […]

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