Category Archives: Film Criticism

Comedy Without Tears: The Death of Stalin

I must admit that I approached this movie with a great deal of trepidation. As someone with a serious interest in the history of the Soviet Union, I confess I have a touch of humorlessness on the subject. Rather than … Continue reading

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The Bard in Jackboots: Richard III (1995)

Like everyone in the English-speaking world, I had to read my share of Shakespeare during my formative years. I spent three years in high school with the Bard, making my way through Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and Macbeth. I … Continue reading

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Spooktober Leftovers: Trash Fire (2016)

Well, now. I’m not gonna talk about the election. In fact, we’re not gonna talk about the election at all; we’re gonna keep it out of this. What I am gonna talk about today is this movie, which I wanted … Continue reading

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The Last Ruritanian Picture Show

I’ve not been doing much blogging over the past two months. Truth be told, I haven’t been doing much in the way of writing period for the last little while. It’s been a combination of the usual things: brain-scorching heat, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Young Adult (2011)

Young Adult, Jason Reitman’s 2011 directorial effort, is one of those comedies that isn’t exactly a comedy. Sure, there are laughs to be had, but they’re very uncomfortable laughs, forced out as our heroine Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) plunges her … Continue reading

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Spooky Movies: Kairo (2001)

Well, Spooktober is drawing to a close. It’s certainly been a new experience for me; I’ve written a lot more on this blog in a month than I ever have before, but I still feel a little ambivalent about the … Continue reading

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Spooky Movies: Lost Highway (1997)

Looking over the movies I’ve written about for Spooktober, one of the few commonalities I’ve noticed is that they owe a debt of influence to David Lynch. Mr. Jones, as I mentioned, borrows a lot from Lost Highway, while there … Continue reading

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