Quick Takes – 09.24.12

Arbitrage (2012)  Grade: C- | 1st Viewing I have liked to think that, of the other writers at Film Misery, I tend to agree most with Justin's opinions. That still stands, though I must admit…

REVIEW: ‘Dredd 3D’ (2012)

Grade: B+ "America is an irradiated wasteland." The opening line of Dredd 3D may be the grounds for establishing the setting of the film, but one would be mistaken to think the title characters is…

Movie Morals for the Political Soul

I owe at least two important aspects of my character to my father, the first of which is my profound love of film. From an early age I had near constant exposure to cinema, given…

REVIEW: ‘Bachelorette’ (2012)

Grade: C The successfully fem-centric comedy vehicle is currently a rather isolated phenomenon, in how often it happens and in how narrow its current approach is. With Bachelorette playing drastically along the same lines as…

REVIEW: ‘No’ (2012)

Grade: A- I set an assignment for myself weeks ago to see Pablo Larrain's previous two films, Tony Manero and Post Mortem. Together with his latest film, No, they are purposed to represent Larrain's Pinochet…

REVIEW: ‘Rust and Bone’ (2012)

Grade: B+ It thrills me to no end that there's a French artist as unexpectedly adoring of American cinema as Jacques Audiard. Though his films may strike some viewers as indisputably art house fare, Audiard…

OSCAR HISTORY: Paul Thomas Anderson

The Weinstein Company has often had a stronghold over the Best Picture race, and this year is no different with three rather likely candidates. While Silver Linings Playbook and Django Unchained are waiting in the…

REVIEW: ‘Chicken with Plums’ (2012)

Grade: B- Of so many things to be hung up on about Marjane Satrapi's sophomore feature, alongside cinematic collaborator Vincent Paronnaud, the most immediate ordeal is its delicacy referencing title, Chicken with Plums. A strange…

The Costumes of ‘Lawless’ (2012)

Whether or not it holds any interest by the time Academy Awards nominations roll around, or even has maintained it up to this point, Lawless has kicked off the fall awards season in style. Mind…