I feel like I should have more to say about this film than I do. But my reaction to it is as simple as its story, about two oversexed teenage boys who decide to take a road trip to a nonexistent beach, and invite a sexy older woman, who is unhappily married to one of the boys' cousins, to come… read more!
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My wife Miki is vegan; because of this, 90-95% of my meals are vegan. I have learned to sympathize with her whenever I see a vegan character in a film – rare as they are – because they're usually depicted as pretentious, misguided, and annoying. Many vegans actually are all these things, but they're not doing the world any harm, and I'm tired of… read more!
One of the more idiotic rules at the Oscars is that the planet's individual countries may each only submit one film for consideration for Best Foreign Film. I suppose there's some lame sense of fairness to this rule, but we're seeing the downside of it this year. You see, Taiwan, sensing a clear winner with the phenomenon that is Crouching… read more!
Lovely chamber piece about a single mom (Laura Linney) living in upstate New York and the men in her life, specifically her son (Rory Culkin, Macauley's younger brother), her boss (Matthew Broderick), and especially her troubled brother (Mark Ruffalo), whose return to the empty family home - their parents were killed in a car crash when the siblings were children… read more!
After delivering the crowd-pleasing dramedies Juno and Up in the Air, Jason Reitman re-teams with Juno scribe Diablo Cody (blessedly eschewing the idiosyncratic slang dialogue that made her such a polarizing screenwriter) to deliver a bleak, crowd-numbing anti-comedy. Charlize Theron stars as Mavis, a bitchy former prom queen and now author of several disposable "young adult" novels (think Sweet Valley… read more!