Quick Takes – 03.10.14 – Catching Up on…

Non-Stop (Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra) Grade: B+ To word it too cutely, Jaume Collet-Serra is a man with a very particular set of skills. My own acquaintance with his style of tight action thriller filmmaking came…

Quick Takes – 4.1.2013

Pearl Harbor Grade: A- I’ve been tough on Michael Bay in the past, with very good reason, but the one credit I can give him is the innate power of Pearl Harbor, which manages even…

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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…

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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…

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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…