2015 Fall Television Preview [USA]

These television previews keep getting later and later in the year every season I’ve done one of these. This is the fourth year in a row that my “predictions” have been published. Due to the high turnover of shows this year, there’s been an influx of promising lottery tickets as far as my DVR is…

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2014 Fall Television Recap [USA]

The 2014-5 fall television season has extended well into summer for me. All the new shows that fall into this category have aired, but it’s time to review my predictions and consider how accurate my soothsaying was (here’s a hint, it hasn’t been doing very well as of late). There were a number of pleasant…

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[ICF:1985] The Goonies

One of 1985’s most beloved films, The Goonies was a fine choice for the next installment of the “It Came From 1985” series that will be ongoing throughout 2015. A cult classic whose stature has only grown over the years (it opened as the #2 movie and never reached #1 box office over its theatrical…

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[Theaterical] Jurassic World (2015)

 I don’t usually go to films in the theater due to how difficult it is to work out the logistics involved in my outing. But I planned for weeks to attend one of the few must-see films of the year, Jurassic World (2015). A direct sequel to one of the most popular films of…

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[ICF:1990] Pretty Woman

It’s 2015. That means films from 1990 are 25 years old now. And it seems like not so long ago that Julia Roberts announced her presence to the world as a leading lady in Pretty Woman (1990). She first appeared as a fresh faced ingenue in Mystic Pizza (1988), in which Roger Ebert tapped her…

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[ICF:1985] The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club (1985) seemed as good a choice as any to kick off a year-long flashback series at movies that were released 30 years ago (or, in 1985). These films came from 1985 (It Came From… is the name of this series). And really, John Hughes’ masterpiece of teenage high school angst probably is…

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[DVD] Austenland (2013)

Austenland is a strange labor of love from 2013 – a fictitious story about an Austenphile (which seems to be a common riff amongst some films – the existence of someone who’s such a fan of a single author’s works that they consume every possible spin-off/collectible that could exist, but that’s a common theme with…

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[DVD] La belle personne (2008) [The Beautiful Person]

La belle personne (2008) is a haunting look at a fictitious French high school and all the tawdry & sordid affairs that go on in such an establishment. Its plot allegedly is related to a classic French novel, La Princesse de Cléves – the story revolves around a young girl, Junie (Léa Seydoux’s breakout role)….

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[DVD] The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Based on the smash hit YA novel by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of the best teen-centric movies produced in the past decade. There really hasn’t been much else released that isn’t dystopian (ie: The Hunger Games) that I can recall being anywhere near this good of a teen/high school…

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[Criterion] Slacker (1991)

Criterion DVD Spine: #247 Title: Slacker (1991) Director: Richard Linklater Discs: 2 Color: Yes Runtime: 100 minutes Original Language: English Slacker (1991) is the first entry in my Criterion-specific review series. Criterion numbers all their releases and most of them are important cultural movies or masterpieces of cinema, usually given a wonderful restoration with tons…

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