World on a Wire

You can’t spend years feeding data into a computer that allows for the simulation of every aspect of human behavior without asking yourself if it might lead to the creation of something resembling human consciousness. –Franz Hahn A 1973 made for German TV movie directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, World on a Wire follows the […]

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All that Heaven Allows

  Introduction. If All that Heaven Allows were a dessert, it wouldn’t be a strawberry lightly dipped in sugar; it would be a molten chocolate lava cake.  It doesn’t just dip a toe into the shallow end of melodrama, it baths in it, unashamedly. For example, check out this piece of advice Carey, played by […]

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Letter from an Unknown Woman

BLUF: A ho-hum melodrama elevated to something more via the performances of its two leads, the direction of Max Ophuls, and exquisite black and white cinematography. What’s it about: Unconditional love. Unrequited love. Love at first sight. What I liked about it: 1. Nobody pines like Joan Fontaine. In this movie, she pines for Louis […]

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View Trailer In a nutshell: Colossal does for Kaiju movies what Comic Book movies have been trying to do for the superhero genre for years–infuses it with wit, sophistication, and weight without taking all the fun away. What I liked about it: I love the acting from Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis.  Had either one […]

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Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter tells the story of Alec and Laura, two stiff-upper-lip Brits who are perfect for each other in every way except for already being married to other people. It’s theme, essentially, is “we never meant for this to happen,” but while that usually sounds and feels like the hollow bullshit that it is, Brief […]

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Reel Infatuation Blogathon

Originally posted on Reel Infatuation: Sometimes an experience is so much fun that you cannot wait to do it again. This impulse is one of the reasons why people keep revisiting amusement parks and beaches, museums and restaurants. The comfort of the familiar, when hitched to the promise of a fresh, unpredictable variation, is pretty… via […]

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