Movies

A Dangerous Method: movie review

February 2, 2012
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I’ve heard people say that psychiatrists have a tendency to be crazy themselves, but I didn’t understand the full extent of this phenomenon until I saw A Dangerous Method. The “based on a true story” film follows Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) as they build a friendship and debate the ideas…

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Our Idiot Brother

October 1, 2011
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I’m sure that at some point in the past I have called my brother an idiot. After watching Our Idiot Brother, I feel the need to correct that and admit that my brother is definitely not an idiot. Neither is Ned, the main character of the film, who is ably played by Paul Rudd, even…

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Movie Reviews: Comedic Road Trips

August 1, 2011
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One usually thinks of comedians as relatively stationary. It’s called standup, after all. But two recent films reveal what happens when funny men take their humor on the road. You’ve probably heard of this first guy and his road trip. Remember Conan O’Brien? Last summer, after his heavily publicized dispute and parting with NBC, he…

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Anti-summer movies: “Meek’s Cutoff” & “Somewhere”

June 1, 2011
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Most people think of summer as a time for movies with action—car chases, heists, shootouts, pirate sword fights.  I don’t disagree; I love the Fast and Furious movies as much as the next woman (or truthfully, even as much as the next teenage boy with a souped-up Mazda). But perhaps at some point this summer…

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Billtown Film Festival: Earth Appreciation Redux

April 1, 2011
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In 1864 after seeing photos of the majestic sequoia trees in California, President Abraham Lincoln saved them from the lumberjack’s axe by signing the Yosemite Land Grant. He was moved by the incredible images of the massive trees published by photographer Carleton Watkins. Images have an immediate and visceral effect on our emotions. Images are…

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