Quick Takes - Zero Dark Featured

Quick Takes – 01.07.13

Zero Dark Thirty Grade: C+ | 1st viewing Would United 93 still be a great movie if 9/11 had never happened? Does the film gain importance merely because it is the guttural dramatization of true…

Quick Takes - Amour

Quick Takes – 12.20.12

AMOUR (2012) Grade: A- ‖ 1st Viewing One of my favorite scenes in all of cinema occurs in Bob Fosse’s Lenny. Lenny Bruce (played by Dustin Hoffman in one of cinema’s all-time great performances) walks…

Quick Takes – 11.20.12

A Late Quartet Grade: B | 1st Viewing I must admit I was rather impressed with how successfully Yaron Zilberman managed to make the esoteric drama of A Late Quartet feel at once urgent and…

Quick Take - Skyfall

Quick Takes – 11.12.12

Ruby Sparks Grade C- | 1st Viewing How much of what we love about another person is actually the person, versus what we have in our minds of them?  We can’t be around our loved…

Quick Takes – 11.05.12

17 Filles Grade: B+ | 1st Viewing Indie youth dramedy is emerging as a more significant sub-genre than the Sundance comedies we were burdened with this summer. Films like The Myth of the American Sleepover…

Quick Takes – 10.29.12

I'm taking this week's Quick Takes as an opportunity to correct some of my major blind spots, all by directors with new releases this fall. In Bruges Grade B | 1st Viewing The first feature film…

Quick Takes – 10.22.12

  Seven Psychopaths Grade: C | 1st viewing Clark stares at the computer screen.  There is nothing but white, and every second or so, a small, black, blinking cursor.  In his adolescence, he came across…

Quick Takes - Featured

Quick Takes – 10.01.12

Elles Grade: C- | 1st Viewing In Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy, Banky (played by Jason Lee) says “All every woman really wants, be it mother, senator, nun, is some serious deep-dicking.”  Now Banky is supposed…

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…

Quick Takes - Robinson Featured

Quick Takes – 09.17.12

Society Grade: C- | 2nd Viewing If Brian Yuzna’s name is unfamiliar to you, it may help to know he is the director of such delectables as Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation (tagline: “If…

Quick Takes – 09.10.12

Helvetica Grade B | 1st Viewing I've been meaning to check out Gary Hustwit's 2007 documentary about the ubiquitous typeface for some time now. It's a very competent, insider look at design and typography that…

Quick Takes – 09.03.12

Cosmopolis Grade: C+ | 1st Viewing With David Cronenberg, I think I desperately need to start from the beginning. Like David Lynch, one of my favorite modern surrealists, the director of The Fly and A Dangerous…