The Avengers

In Aaron Sorkin's 1998 television series Sports Night, during a conversation about workplace dynamics, one of the employees says to his boss "Not fitting in is how qualified people get fired." "Yeah," his boss replies, "but a lot of the time it's how they end up working here." The Avengers exist not because they fit toget...   ...READ REVIEW


Nothing changes until it does. And up until that point, it often seems like the universe itself has conspired to stop it from changing. But "there is nothing as powerful"—an old Victor Hugo quote goes—"as an idea whose time has come." Moneyball is about one of those ideas.

This is one of those films that is "based on a true story." But don't worry: it actually is. Technically, it's based on a book of the same name which is about the true story of Oakland A...   ...READ REVIEW

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

The saving grace of Hollywood tropes is that, when they become pervasive enough, more thoughtful writers and directors can have fun subverting them. And here, after decades of tales warning us about the overreach of technology and the likelihood that we will create machines that overthrow us, is a tale of the opposite: not a technological enemy, but a biological one. An insurrection not from aliens in the sky, or the machines around us, but from beneath. An inversion of the natural order.

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Jackass 3

Reviewing Jackass 3 is kind of like reviewing someone falling down the stairs. Actually, no; it's not like that, it's exactly that.

The Jackass men are pioneers of pain; boldly going where no man has seen any reason to go before. They ask the questions the rest of us are too smart to ask. Questions like "what would happen if I launched myself 100 feet over a lake while my friends shot paintballs at me?" The answer is: pretty much exactly what you'd expect.

This ausp...   ...READ REVIEW

True Grit

The Coen brothers are no strangers to adaptation. They adapted Cormac McCarthy's famous book No Country for Old Men for the screen in 2007 (and won themselves a few Oscars for their trouble), and they adapted no less a source than Homer's The Odyssey, albeit roughly, for 2000's O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Here they have, for the second time, adapted their film from another film: 1969's John Wayne vehicle of the same name.

The plot outline remains the same: a young girl na...   ...READ REVIEW

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

One of the more jolting things about growing up is that people stop telling you what to do next. By this point, most young people have strained against the confines of authority as long as they can remember, and the sudden freedom accompanied by becoming a full-fledged adult is like a rush of cold air: equal parts refreshing and harsh.

This is the situation we find our triumvirate of protagonists in throughout much of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. As Harry, Ron and Herm...   ...READ REVIEW

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