Category Archives: film

My Favorite Movies of 2015

I was almost entirely cut off from watching movies in a movie theater for the whole of 2015, for reasons having to do with my health. Today’s multiplatform availability thankfully means that I was able to see a lot of … Continue reading

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About Last Night

It happens every Oscar night: The winner in one of the acting categories professes undying love and admiration for his or her nominated colleagues, usually with some reference to the “incredible journey” (or something similar) that they’ve all been through. … Continue reading

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The Year in Norwegian Cinema

I watch an unhealthy amount of movies every year, but despite a very manageable total annual output – 20-25 films – I’m not always fully updated on Norwegian cinema. The quality of our local movie industry has improved vastly over … Continue reading

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More Pop Culture Podcasts

See also:  Favorite Pop Culture Podcasts Pop Culture Happy Hour This weekly NPR podcast quickly made its way into my rotation as I listened my way back through the four-year archive over a period of about four months earlier this … Continue reading

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The Return of the Young Leonardos

Back  in 2008, I singled out Emile Hirsch, Michael Pitt and Kevin Zegers as three Young Leonardos (YLs). The standard was somewhat lazily applied, as it was not readily apparent what it took to be in contention for the title, … Continue reading

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The Year in Film Criticism

Taking stock of the year in film criticism has to begin with honoring the memory of two of the greats of the profession. I wrote extensively about him when he passed away in April, but is worth reminding people of … Continue reading

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Did I See “Gravity”?

Yes. It’s a truly spectacular film, in every sense of the word; a suspenseful, high-stakes-small mistakes thriller, a lyrical adrift-in-space drama that manages to simultaneously be both intimate and nearly infinite in scope, and more than anything, a stunning visual … Continue reading

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