Chicago Film Fest Diary – ‘Melancholia’

Grade: A Living in Chicago at this time of year is a true pleasure. For 2 weeks the Chicago International Film Festival rolls into downtown Chicago like a runaway train. There are simply so many…

Quick Takes – 10.02.11

Moneyball (2011) Grade: A- | 2nd Viewing During our podcast review of Moneyball we talked about Brad Pitt’s performance as being more internalized than we are used to seeing from the actor. On second viewing,…

Quick Takes – 09.25.11

Brick (2006) Grade: A | 5th+ Viewing I saw nine movies in the theater over the past seven days, so needless to say I had little time for movies at home. However, I was glad…

TCFF REVIEW: ’50/50′ (2011)

50/50 is playing as part of the Twin Cities Film Festival, which runs from September 20-25, 2011. Grade: A- Before settling on the title 50/50 the new Jonathan Levine serio-comedy went through several name changes…

REVIEW: ‘Moneyball’ (2011)

Grade: A- ”How can you not be romantic about baseball?”suggests Brad Pitt’s character Billy Beane in the new film Moneyball from director Bennett Miller. It’s a question directed more at the audience than the characters…

TCFF REVIEW: ‘The Bully Project’ (2012)

The Bully Project is playing as part of the Twin Cities Film Festival, which runs from September 20-25, 2011. Grade: B When introducing his film The Bully Project as the opening night selection at the…

Twin Cities Film Festival 2011 Preview

While Film Misery is not quite the caliber of website that gets invited to major film festivals like Cannes or Toronto, I am excited to announce that I will be covering my first film festival…

REVIEW: ‘Drive’ (2011)

Grade: A In a recent interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Ryan Gosling called Drive his “superhero movie.” After seeing the film, I understand his statement because his character does appear to be super-human. We never see…

Quick Takes – 09.18.11

The Killing (1956) Grade: A | 1st Viewing We already reviewed this movie on this week’s podcast, but since I did not watch much this week outside of theatrical releases I thought I would include…

Quick Takes – 09.11.11

United 93 (2006) Grade: A | 3rd Viewing Many have said that there is not yet a definitive movie about September 11th, but I would argue that Paul Greengrass’ gripping drama is it. The film…

REVIEW: ‘Warrior’ (2011)

Grade: B You may recognize the story presented in Gavin O’Connor’s Mixed Martial Arts film Warrior, but you probably won’t recognize the way it is told. Everything is heightened in the film to fight against…