Category Archive: Quick Takes

The Decelerators

We now interrupt our indeterminate hiatus to actually discuss a film: The Decelerators by Mark Slutsky. Lest anyone get too excited about my return to blogging, it’s a short film, a five-minute short… Continue reading

The Mask of Zorro

I’d considered doing away with Saturday Replay as a “thing”, and using the just passed Potter Week+ as a demarcation point, (since I’d seen all eight of those movies before.) Of course, the… Continue reading

Bad Teacher

Cameron Diaz portrays what might be the least likable protagonist in movie history in today’s movie, Bad Teacher. Her character, Elizabeth Halsey, is a pot-smoking gold-digger who’s primary ambition is to scam her way to… Continue reading

Noreen

As I seem to mention every time I watch one, I’m not a big fan of dark comedies. However, I’m starting to think that they’re a genre particularly well suited to a short… Continue reading

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Today’s movie is one that’s intrigued me since I first saw the trailer quite some time ago. It’s the type of movie that I immediately suspected that I would love, or it would… Continue reading

Quiz Show

Today’s movie is Quiz Show, the 1994 dramatization of the quiz show scandals of the 1950’s, directed by Robert Redford. I vaguely remember when the movie came out, and being somewhat interested in… Continue reading

The Parking Lot Movie

For today’s Saturday replay I decided to re-visit a documentary that really surprised me with its quality when I first watched it a couple years ago. It’s an excellent example of how a… Continue reading

Kevin

Documentary Week rolls along with today’s movie, Kevin, a 35 minute short and the first documentary from emerging filmmaker, Jay Duplass. Living in Austin, Texas in the early nineties, Duplass was an admirer of local… Continue reading

Whores’ Glory

So I’ve decided to make this week something of a “theme week” and watch a documentary every day. Just to keep things interesting. I figured I was off to a good start with… Continue reading

The Fifth Element

Today’s Saturday Replay is one of my absolute favorite movies, The Fifth Element. The film is a superb adventure, a clever comedy, and a fascinating look at human condition, set in a beautifully-realized… Continue reading

C: 299,792 Kilometers per Second

Today’s movie is C: 299,792 Kilometers per Second, a crowd-funded, independent sci-fi short that is noteworthy for eschewing any modern digital effects, in favor of old school, practical effects. In place of green… Continue reading

The Sitter

The Sitter? More like the Shitter! The preceding is an example of complex and nuanced humor that the people responsible for today’s movie, the 2011 cinematic abortion known as The Sitter could have… Continue reading