Drama

Whiplash 2.5

Whiplash

Let me start by saying that I resisted seeing this movie for quite a while. Despite all the awards and praise and the 1001 people…

You Can Count On Me

You Can Count On Me

Rating:  I can’t say I was overly excited to watch this film the night I snatched it off of the video store shelf–despite it winning…

Y Tu Mama Tambien

Y Tu Mama Tambien

Rating:  And your mother too! I guess that’s some sort of fancy Mexican insult. I was always a fan of ‘¡la tuya!,’ but more often…

Winter's Bone

Winter’s Bone

Rating:  Hillbillies are funny. They’re all “kin this” and “kin that” and they all have skinny dogs chained to their sheds and cook meth and…

The Secret Lives of Dentists

The Secret Lives of Dentists

Rating:  Well, the title is intriguing, right? What’s not intriguing is Campbell Scott’s mustache. That thing is just plain creepy. The funny thing is, I…

The Savages

The Savages

Rating:  This is what I would call a “quiet” movie. The tone and tenor never really changes throughout, there are no sharp edges, no abrupt…

Rachel Getting Married

Rachel Getting Married

Rating:  Ambition sometimes has its limits. I’m not even sure what that means, really, but in this case it seems to apply. Jonathan Demme, who…

Magnolia

Magnolia

Rating:  From its first beat, Magnolia is a complex work of both glorious fantasy and stupefying reality. Harry Nillson’s “One,” covered perfectly by Amy Mann…

Gran Torino

Gran Torino

Rating:  I often don’t agree with my parents’ taste in movies. They tend to like movies they’re supposed to like and not like movies they’re…

The Descendants

The Descendants

Rating:  You’d think watching the trailers for this one that it was a slapstick comedy. After all, you have that clip of George Clooney running…

Crash

Crash

Rating:  I haven’t been this torn about a movie in quite a while. I was actually rather enjoying it until I spotted Ms. Hipster rolling…

Affliction

Affliction

Rating:  Sometimes films just try too hard. Thus is the case with Affliction, a movie that beats us over the head with a message I’m…