[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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[DVD] Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

Fall’s creeping up on us with its signature holiday – Halloween. Now, there are many many options that you can consider when planning your viewing schedule for October (and even way before, such as in the case of horror fans like DinoDrac). You could go campy (Ernest Scared Stupid), you could go horror-comedy (Evil Dead…

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2014 Fall Television Preview [USA]

It’s that time of the year again! The long-awaited 2014 fall television preview article – continuing the series of previews I’ve posted for the past few years (and several years before that via email). I’m returning to a single-post format seeing as how badly I whiffed on last year’s series (2013 Part 1 | 2013…

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[DVD] Before Midnight (2013)

Before Midnight (2013) is the latest installment of the Before series that releases a new movie every 9 years (Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004) are the two preceding films). We’re able to catch up once again with Jesse and Celine after another 9 year gap (which allows us to see the aging of…

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[Flashback] Toys (1992)

In view of Robin Williams’ (1951-2014) suicide, I thought it prudent to flashback review my favorite Robin Williams film. It’s not Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting, Aladdin, Jumanji, Dead Poets Society, or any of the innumerable other films that might come to mind when you think about Robin Williams. No, my favorite Williams film was…

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[DVD] Before Sunset (2004)

The Before series that began with Before Sunrise has continued on with Before Sunset (2004). We find out if Jesse and Celine met up in Vienna again, or if their paths diverged. The premise of this film is that it actually depicts the events of their lives nine years later, allowing for the films to…

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[DVD] Before Sunrise (1995)

Before Sunrise is the quintessential 1980s film… except it was made in the early 1990s. It’s the very definition of a cult film, and an enduring one at that. Released on 27 January 1995, with a budget of $2.5 million, the film only grossed roughly $5.5 million at the box office with a $1.5 million…

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2013 Fall Television Recap [USA]

These television previews and recaps are more popular than I thought they would be – but it’s always good to keep a continuing blog series going. The 2013-4 season thus far has been pretty strange to me, as a lot has changed both for new and returning shows. I did something a little bit different…

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