Are the SEALs Revealing Too Much?

Act of Valor is a new film shot with real Navy SEALs which purports to give a real life sense of what they actually do. In the clip below retired former U.S. Army Delta Force commander Lieutenant General James Vaught does not mince words in warning that all such high profile attention given to the [Read More...]

Chronicle

Tonight I saw Chronicle. My spoiler-free review is that I liked it and would give it a B, not because it is at all a well rounded film but because the few things it did well it did well in a special way that I expect to remember for a long time. For my spoiler-filled [Read More...]

Patton Oswalt Sums Up The Underwhelming Imagination of the Star Wars Prequels

From his comedy album Werewolves and Lollipops, Patton Oswalt sums up many people’s disappointments with the premise of the Star Wars prequels: It’s weird that objectively I fully understand and usually agree with many of the criticisms of the prequels and yet still personally love them. Are they flawed? Absolutely. They could have been 15 [Read More...]

I’m a Muppet of a Man, I’m a Very Manly Muppet

Life’s like a movie, make your ending, keep believing, keep pretending… As Tyler Cowen was talking about in the last post, humans are inexorably drawn to stories. I even like to think of every sentence as a story. It stars a subject which verbs something. And in my childhood there were two stories that loomed [Read More...]

Misogyny At The Movies: A 50/50 Film Review

I am going to break with my normal habit of assiduously avoiding spoilers in my review of the film 50/50.  This film is aptly named as I half liked it and half disliked it. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s performance is worth seeing in the film if nothing else is. He plays an introverted character closing in on [Read More...]

Daily Hilarity: Tosh.0 Explains The Whole Plot Of Human Centipede (Uncut)

Daniel Tosh hilarious recounts the full plot of the supremely gross, transgressive horror film, The Human Centipede: Tosh.0 Tags: Tosh.0 Videos,Daniel Tosh,Web Redemption A few days after I successfully defended my dissertation last year, one of my best friends and I went out for a celebratory dinner and afterwards decided to see a movie on [Read More...]

Daily Hilarity: Red Letter Media Eviscerates Revenge Of The Sith

I am a Star Wars fan and one of the few passionate defenders of the prequels, each of which I wholeheartedly loved the first dozens of times I saw each one. But, if you are going to hate on the prequels, you cannot do a much more thorough, defensible, or hilarious job than Red Letter [Read More...]

Sex And The City 2 (And Religion) (And Feminism) (And Race) (And Homophobia)

Diana Bass complains: It just wasn’t very funny to see four smart American women parading western consumerism and sexualized identity in blatantly insensitive and anti-religious ways in a traditional world. Wait a minute, what she describes may not be funny but it’s certainly the best thing I’ve heard about the film from everything that I’ve [Read More...]

United States Conference Of Catholic Bishops Review Of Invention Of Lying

makes the film sound must-see: The fashionable “new atheism” — popularized in book form by such authors as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens — unexpectedly slithers its way into the neighborhood cineplex with the arrival of “The Invention of Lying” (Warner Bros.). Though its trailer gives no clue as to its true agenda, this venomous [Read More...]


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