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USER REVIEW: ‘Gosford Park’ (2001)

Robert Altman month is winding down as September comes to an end here at Film Misery. I’ll have a few more reviews posted before the end of the week and the usual top 10 (which is really hard). In the mean time, FM reader Brandon Cooley has reviewed one of my favorite Altman films: Gosford […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Informant’

Grade: B+ I get a kick out of in-jokes; jokes that are framed with a reference that only certain members of a given audience will get. A lot of times I am not that member of the audience. References to politics, literature, and pop culture occasionally go over my head. However, in Steven Soderbergh’s latest […]

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REVIEW: ‘9’

Grade: B- Shane Acker’s film 9 began as an Oscar nominated animated short in 2005 clocking in at only 11 minutes. For the theatrically released feature film, Acker stretched out the story to a still very short 79 minutes with the production assistance of director/producers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov. The result is a thrilling […]

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REVIEW: ‘Short Cuts’ (1993)

Grade: A The darker side of Los Angeles is revealed in Robert Altman’s ensemble film Short Cuts. The film is a collection of Raymond Carver short stories with an all-star cast that includes seasoned veterans like Jack Lemmon and stars who were relatively new to the game like Julianne Moore and Andie MacDowell. The film […]

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DVD REVIEW: ‘I Love You, Man’

DVD Overall: B Film Grade: B In a recent article posted on MovieRetriever.com entitled “The 10 Funniest People Working in Film Today,” actor Paul Rudd came in at number one on the list. Usually a supporting player, Rudd is an actor who makes every movie he is in funnier by proxy. He is the master […]

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REVIEW: ‘District 9’

Grade: B I was starting to think that the Sci-Fi genre was headed on a downhill slide, and that intelligent, character driven drama and social commentary had been replaced by mindless explosions and unnecessary CGI. However, my faith about the direction of the genre has been restored with Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, a smart alien […]

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REVIEW: ‘F for Fake’ (1973)

Grade: A- Ever have one of those moments where you begin to think that everything you’ve ever known is a lie? Ever have what I like to call a Truman Show moment? No? Then you should check out Orson Welles free-form essay about the world of fakery, appropriately titled F for Fake. The last effort […]

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REVIEW: ‘Rope’ (1948)

Grade: A- When it comes to camera techniques, fewer are admired more than the infamous tracking shot. These shots have been used more frequently than ever in recent years, mostly for the sake of gimmick. However, when it is pulled off by a filmmaker who knows what they are doing, it can be a spectacle. […]

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REVIEW: ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’

Grade: B+ The long wait is over and the students of Hogwarts are back and more grown-up than ever in the latest installment of the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. It has been two full years since the last film from the franchise, Order of the Phoenix, was released in the summer […]

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REVIEW: ‘Moon’

Grade: B- A mix of emotions comes over me when I see an underestimated actor delivering a truly brilliant performance. I feel awe at the scope of their talent. I feel curious because I want to see more of their work in the future and from the past. I also feel frustrated because I know […]

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REVIEW: ‘Bruno’

Grade: C+ It’s always a fun watching a theatre full of people wriggle in their seats because a film makes them so uncomfortable. They lower in their chairs, they attempt to hide their faces, and they cry out with many “ohs” and “ewws” as the film goes on. Such was the reaction at the screening […]

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REVIEW: ‘Whatever Works’

Grade: B+ If there were any filmmaker who I would predict to work well into his 90s it would have to be Woody Allen. The tireless auteur has released a new film almost every year for the past three decades and has not really shown any signs of slowing down. Woody, who is now 74, […]

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REVIEW: ‘(500) Days of Summer’

Grade: A- About once every summer an Indie film comes along that captures an audiences attention and gets out of its inner city art houses and expands with critical and commercial success. Past examples of this include movies like Once, Little Miss Sunshine, and Napoleon Dynamite. This summer, that movie will be Sundance sensation (500) […]

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User Review: ‘Rear Window’

Hitchcock month has begun at Film Misery! During the month of July we will be taking a look at Alfred Hitchcock’s life and work as part of our Career Appreciation series. Earlier this week I sent a query for reviews of your favorite Hitchcock film. The first response came from reader G1000 who has done […]

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REVIEW: ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’

Grade: D- When it comes to summer movie blockbusters, us movie fans don’t ask for much. Some fast-paced action, creative and visually-stunning effects, and some characters who deliver continuous comic relief are all it takes for a successful effort. Michael Bay’s over-the-top style makes him a fine candidate for a great summer blockbuster and the […]

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DVD REVIEW: ‘Gran Torino’

DVD Overall: C- Film Grade: C+ When I first saw Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino in December of last year, I imagined it would be better to use as a drinking game than a film to appreciate (every time there’s a shot of Hmong people doing something stereotypically Asian, followed by a shot of Clint Eastwood […]

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REVIEW: ‘The Circus’ (1928)

Review: A- One of Chaplin’s most underrated films and the one that Chaplin himself tried so very hard to forget is the 1928 feature The Circus. Released in between two of his better known films, The Gold Rush (1925) and City Lights (1931), The Circus features some of the tramp’s most hilarious bits and represents […]

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REVIEW: ‘Angels & Demons’

Grade: D+ After seeing Ron Howard’s latest Dan Brown adaptation, Angels & Demons, I’m not sure what was more dizzying – the constantly rotating camera or the random facts spewing from the mouth of Tom Hanks’ protagonist Robert Langdon. The film was light on story and heavy on fluff and a sub-par effort from the […]

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