FMP ep. 146 – Star Wars: The Last…

Original Record Date: December 17, 2017 For this episode, Justin reunites briefly with guest host and former Film Misery Editor in Chief Alex Carlson to have a deeply geek-centric, effusive, and nit-picky conversation about Star…

ESSAYS ON STAR WARS: Why Star Wars?

"'Star Wars' may be the only movie in which the first time around the surprises are reassuring…. It’s an epic without a dream. But it’s probably the absence of wonder that accounts for the film’s…

Film Misery Movie Marathon – Essays on Star…

In the still-young history of movies, in the last half-century of popular culture, perhaps no work has triggered as much admiration and disdain, as much conversation and consternation, as Star Wars. Ordinarily, that sentence would…

REVIEW: ‘Rogue One’ (2016)

Say what you will about George Lucas’s second Star Wars trilogy, but at least it had a certain affectless charm about it.  The sense of wonder from the first trilogy disappeared, but Lucas tried to…

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2012 IN REVIEW: Justin’s Top Ten

Until I finally settled on ten picks for my 2012 in Review submission, I actually was not so sure it was a great year for movies. Particularly in comparison to 2011, a year where movies…

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…

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REVIEW: ‘Looper’ (2012)

Grade: A- Rian Johnson’s Looper has been the subject of many comparisons to another stylish, reality-bending film featuring the talents of Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Christopher Nolan’s 2010 blockbuster Inception. I had similar feelings of expectation and satisfaction entering the…

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…