Tag Archives: Films

Smart People (2008)

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Sometimes smart people do stupid things like convince themselves Smart People could be a good film. To be fair it could have been a good film. It’s got a strong cast and an interesting premise but potential doesn’t always pay off. Instead the film teeters back and forth between two ideas, never solidifying into one cohesive work. So instead of something smart and funny the film turns into a march of stereotypical characters in a series of awkward situations that fails to set a consistent tone. Continue reading Smart People (2008)

Juno (2007)

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Juno is a weirdo. Yes, the film’s protagonist is a bit of an oddball and stripper turned screenwriter Diablo Cody lays down some funky lingo but that’s not what I’m talking about. The film is a strange anomaly in the industry. It’s a comedy with liberal media sensibilities and conservative ideologies. “Say what? You mean that beautiful indie darling of that glorious year 2007 is actually a hideous propaganda piece written by a robot programmed at Fox News?” “That whole movie is about a one night stand anyway so it’s tawdry trash for all those evil atheists in the world.”  But before we get into all that fun political stuff let us look at the merits of the film. Continue reading Juno (2007)

Treeless Mountain (2009)

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Sometimes you just know. Before I even hit play I knew this film was meant for me. What did I know about it? Barely a thing. My memory only reminded me that it was about two kids and it was minimalistic in style. Not much to go on. All I actually read on Treeless Mountain was a small bit in “The New York Times” over a year ago. But I knew then as I held the paper in my hands that this film would perfectly play into my psychosis and that I couldn’t help but love it. Yes, it sounds weird but sometimes you just know. Continue reading Treeless Mountain (2009)

Somers Town (2009)

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British Director Shane Meadows is perhaps most well known for his critically acclaimed 2007 film This is England which I thought was mean spirited, crass and illogical. In fact, I didn’t even bother to finish it despite making it a good way into the film. So when I started up Shane Meadows follow-up to This is England I did so with little enthusiasm. I expected something with the same tone as his previous film so I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered Somers Town to be a nice little buddy film. Continue reading Somers Town (2009)

Primer (2004)

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SPOILER ALERT: I strongly advise you watch the film first before reading further.  (It’s on Netflix instant for those who subscribe)

Primer is one of those true indie movies, made for such a ridiculously small amount of money that all that is on display is the quality of the filmmaking and screenwriting.  The man behind it is Shane Carruth, who not only wrote, produced, acted and directed the film but also edited and scored the picture. For a meager $7,000 Shane crafts a simple, mind puzzling, time traveling picture that packs in more depth and geekery in its 77 minute runtime than many a sci-fi picture. Continue reading Primer (2004)