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You Should Totally Watch This: We Are the Best!

Confession: when this movie was advertised where I live, I dismissed it because I thought the posters showed three boys. Meh, just another coming-of-age movie for the lads, I thought. I’ll pass.  Silly me. We Are the Best! is charming, funny, and nostalgic in a way that I didn’t expect for a movie set years before I was born. 

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A Netflix Fix: Butter

If you haven’t seen Butter, I insist you grab some take out on your way home from work and watch it tonight. Don’t argue with Auntie Selena.

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A Feminist Look at Django Unchained

Last week, after watching Django Unchained with Chalupa, I had a chat with one of my favorite feminists, Slay Belle, about the movie. Here is the transcript of our conversation in which we address the plot, writing, and controversies of the film, as well as how feminists can approach the movie. (Spoilers contained within.)

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Pajiba’s Gems: The Company Men

Last week, our buddy site, Pajiba, ran a list of twenty under-appreciated gems on Netflix instant. Pajiba has rarely (if ever) steered me wrong, so I hastily added most of the list to my instant queue. I’m going to be reviewing all of them, over the next couple of months. First up, The Company Men.

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Django Unchained

[Contains spoilers for Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds] “…and all I could think was – you’re so cool.” This is exactly how I felt when I watched Pulp Fiction for the second time (the second time because my first viewing happened at 12 years old and I was a bit young to quite get it). […]

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31 Days of Halloween with Slay — Day 15, Lake Mungo

The Palmers are a family struggling to cope with a devastating loss – the death of their 16-year-old daughter Alice in a drowning accident. The little family – mom, dad, and older brother – can’t quite put the pieces back together in the months after her body was found. Mother June refuses to accept that her daughter is […]

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Celeste & Jesse Forever Forever: A Review by Meg

I’ll be honest here. Despite my longstanding love affair with Rashida Jones, I went into C&J4evs fully prepared to be underwhelmed. Or, at the most, just whelmed. I am happy to report that I was so, so, so wrong.

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Movie Review: “Ted”

In interviews about his movie Ted, Seth McFarlane credits Peter Jackson with creating excellent critter CGI, which had never previously been used in a comedy. I think Peter Jackson should punch Seth McFarlane with a hobbit. 

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The Switch

We open with a “deep and thoughtful” voiceover with Jason Bateman AKA Michael Bluth reflecting on humanity while video tapes of people in train stations get played at triple speed. Michael Bluth takes the subway and meets Jennifer Aniston for food? Someone called him a “beady-eyed little man-boy” (guess he’s still in a state of […]

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The Not-So-Glorious Side of Glorious 39

There’s a strange phenomenon that is a sad combination of naiveté and nostalgia. I see it often on social media. Let’s call it the Midnight in Paris effect, and just as in that film, if you could go back in time, your idolization of that time period would disappear pretty quickly.

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Iron Man 2: Military Industrial Libertarians Make Confusing Superheroes

I’m going to lay all my cards out on the table ““ I don’t read any comic books, but I enjoy the hell out of super hero/comic book movies. I like the over-the-top villainy, the exciting storylines, the improbable technology, and the CGI-enhanced explosions. There’s a reason these flicks make for good summer blockbusters.

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X-Men: First Class Review

I am going to do this with as few spoilers as possible, but there will be some general spoilers (i.e. if it was in the movies that came out already, I will include it) while I analyze the female characters in this film.

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I Love You, Phillip Morris

There is nothing I want to see less than Jim Carrey have sex. I didn’t think I was alone in this feeling.  And yet, that’s what this film, which, by the way, is in the top most rented movies, decides to open with.  Don’t worry, gentle readers, the movie improves from there, but it’s a […]

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The Mechanic: Huh.

It took almost seven minutes for anyone to say a word in this remake of a Charles Bronson movie. And the first words? Jason “I’m like the English, more gravelly Bruce Willis” Statham explaining his work as a hit man, so we’re immediately initiated into the drama and adrenaline. Quickly, I realize I should be […]

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We Try It!: Fair Game

As soon as I saw a trailer for Fair Game, I knew I had to see the movie because it combines all my favorite spy tropes: an intelligent heroine, government corruption, a cock-eyed conspiracy theory that turns out to be true, and bureaucratic a-holes.