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Some Belated, Spoiler-Filled Thoughts on Suckerpunch (An Epic of Failed Potential)

I didn’t hate this movie as much as most people, and I suspect this is because I didn’t go into it expecting some Grand Feministe Epic. You can generally tell how seriously a movie takes it female characters by what they’re wearing throughout. One glance at all the lingerie and little-girl fetish gear in the …

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RED Means Stop

J and I went out to see Red on Saturday night at the cheap theater. The previews were great, but it performed a bit poorly and showed up at the cheap theaters quickly, so I wasn’t holding my breath. This, despite the draw of Helen Mirren as a retired assassin among Bruce Willis’s crew of …

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The Warrior’s Way: Ninja Assassins and Blowing Shit Up in the Old West

The Warrior’s Way is a beautifully shot, silly little film that’s apparently been stuck in post-production for years. This doesn’t surprise me, as anybody who starts mixing genres is going to have some trouble with marketing. In this case, it’s a mix of martial arts movie + western, with all the silliness that that implies. …

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The Mad Men Tango

One of the things that makes Mad Men so consistently watchable is that it defies soap opera conventions. We’ve come to expect certain things from TV shows. We expect these people to live crazy, over-the-top lives full of great tragedies and great good fortune (but mostly, great tragedies). We expect miscarriages, drowned children, car wrecks, …

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