Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri   2/17/18
by Yoda
Every filmmaker has a range of outcomes. A David Mamet film, for example, will not be a deeply moving character study or a special effects extravag...

The Avengers   5/14/12
by Yoda
In Aaron Sorkin's 1998 television series Sports Night, during a conversation about workplace dynamics, one of the employees says to his boss "Not...

Moneyball   11/05/11
by Yoda
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 "ther...

Rise of the Planet of the Apes   8/18/11
by Yoda
The saving grace of Hollywood tropes is that, when they become pervasive enough, more thoughtful writers and directors can have fun subverting them. A...

Jackass 3D   4/14/11
by Yoda
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 a...

True Grit   3/09/11
by Yoda
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 th...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1   12/30/10
by Yoda
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 agains...

The Social Network   10/15/10
by Yoda
They say that success has a thousand fathers, but that failure is an orphan. In The Social Network, I count at least four would-be parents, which is m...

Despicable Me   8/12/10
by Yoda
It's a peculiar trick of human emotion that characters who embrace their flaws can become surprisingly endearing. For example, the grumpy nihilism of ...

Inception   7/19/10
by Yoda
"What's the most resilient parasite? An idea. A single idea from the human mind can build cities." Or movies. The human mind in question ...

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