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September 29, 2014 8:01 pm

Scorsese’s latest docu-lovefest about the New York Review of Books is quite well done.  And I’m a sucker for anything with Joan Didion in it.

May 4, 2014 1:32 pm

Two things.
This was on TV and I forgot how great this documentary/movie was.  Chappelle at his best.

Also, what the fuck happened to Lauryn Hill?  She was such a star.  Like, look at her in this video.  She just oozes charisma and talent.  Now we have Beyonce.  And fine, whatever.  But what the fuck happened to Lauryn Hill?

April 15, 2014 9:52 pm


Jenny Slate Stars in ‘Obvious Child’ Trailer

Well I love Jenny Slate.

(via popculturebrain)

February 4, 2014 9:46 pm
"My original take on this scene was a loud, late night pronouncement from Lester Bangs. A call to arms. In Phil’s hands it became something different. A scene about quiet truths shared between two guys, both at the crossroads, both hurting, and both up too late. It became the soul of the movie. In between takes, Hoffman spoke to no one. He listened only to his headset, only to the words of Lester himself. (His Walkman was filled with rare Lester interviews.) When the scene was over, I realized that Hoffman had pulled off a magic trick. He’d leapt over the words and the script, and gone hunting for the soul and compassion of the private Lester, the one only a few of us had ever met. Suddenly the portrait was complete. The crew and I will always be grateful for that front row seat to his genius."

Director CAMERON CROWE, on a pivotal scene between the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and Patrick Fugit in Almost Famous. (via inothernews)

Those scenes are some of my absolute all time favorites. Got me through some rough angsty high school moments.

January 25, 2014 9:59 am


I loved the original movie "The Trip" and am looking forward to the sequel (premiered at Sundance). 

Oh. My. God.

December 16, 2013 8:28 pm

Outside of this being a beautifully filmed documentary, it is filled with some epic performances.

8:17 pm December 8, 2013 11:36 pm

I just realized that Ryan Gosling has basically modeled his whole career off of Mickey Rourke in 9 1/2 Weeks.

December 2, 2013 10:10 pm

Who ISN’T excited about this?  Seriously, tell me.  

November 24, 2013 10:22 pm
"This guy wants to tell me we’re living in a community? Don’t make me laugh. I’m living in America, and in America you’re on your own. America’s not a country. It’s just a business. Now fuckin’ pay me."

Jackie Cogan
November 23, 2013 10:24 am

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am really really enjoying the McConnaughey renaissance.

November 3, 2013 12:17 am
If you were a middle school/high school age girl in the 1990s and you didn’t have a crush on Pickford, I just don’t know what the hell.  

If you were a middle school/high school age girl in the 1990s and you didn’t have a crush on Pickford, I just don’t know what the hell.  

August 27, 2013 9:27 pm
"Peach schnapps: chicks love it."

Trip Fontaine
July 16, 2013 7:53 am
"Standard procedure would have been to make “The Crash Reel” a triumph-over-adversity film, stopping at the point where Mr. Pearce is finally able to get back on his snowboard. But Ms. Walker uses that moment to pivot to a disturbing look at high-risk sports and the traumatic brain injuries associated with them, as well as the slippery question of what drives athletes to keep trying to go higher, faster and more extreme."

This movie was really well done.  And really, really sad.  

(Source: The New York Times)

April 18, 2013 9:01 am
"Perry’s films have been scrutinized plenty, but the white writers who dominate film criticism have offered analyses that, while largely negative, skip across the surface and ignore the depth. It’s difficult to imagine a review of, say, Spring Breakers that doesn’t at least flick at the movie’s underlying messages and cultural ramifications. But even as Perry’s films have had criticism heaped on them, he’s had the luxury of being bashed solely for his films’ hamfisted writing, paint-by-numbers plotting, and visual blandness. Never before Temptation have this many white critics taken care to blast the troublesome, underlying message of a Perry film, completely independent of its artistic or technical shortcomings."

Interesting round-up of the criticism being lobbed at Tyler Perry’s Temptation.  It’s been largely understood that Tyler Perry films are awful, but they nonetheless seemed to be the only films starring black people, intended for black people and therefore viewed by black people (regardless of quality).  The fact that they have been largely ignored by critics sort of spoke to this fighting the wind mentality — no matter how bad they may be, they would still be successful.  Perhaps this latest film is just damn reprehensible to be ignored. 

(Source: The A.V. Club)