Author: Ian D.

Young Adult

Charlize Theron shines in Jason Reitman”s newest comedy-drama. Throughout his career, director Jason Reitman has found solace in charming lead actors. His subjects are confident, brash quip machines, as seen in his first three films: “Thank You For Smoking,” “Juno” and “Up in the Air.” A reliable protagonist, someone confident enough to lead us to a satisfying conclusion, always anchors his confidence in satire. In that regard, Reitman’s films have suffered a crisis of convenience. Every plot point is a little too neat and tidy. This doesn’t squash his narratives, but rather leaves them feeling rather calculated.  To say...

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Hugo 3D and Cave of Forgotten Dreams

“Hugo” — Scorsese’s colorful homage to old cinema “From the man who brought you ‘Mean Streets’ and ‘Goodfellas’ comes a melancholy children’s romp about the need for film preservation…in 3D!” I’m almost sure ‘Hugo’ was pitched this way and whoever did it was probably fired (rightfully so!) Terrible pitchmen aside, Martin Scorsese has given us a sad and humanistic — yet uplifting — story of a boy, Hugo Cabret, and his quest to find a place in the world. The movie opens with a perfect tracking shot through a busy Paris train station that finally settles on our young...

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Melancholia and The Muppets

Some prefer movies about doomsday, others prefer Kermit the Frog. To each their own. This is our ‘meet cute’ — I know it might be a tired genre cliché but it’s nonetheless effective. From Sleepless in Seattle to When Harry Met Sally (or, really, any other late-80’s/early-90’s Meg Ryan movie) audiences have fallen for the ‘meet cute.’ After bumping into each other at the wackiest scuba class ever we’ll navigate all the necessary plot points, pass the time with a tasteful montage and hit a relationship snag at the most inopportune time. If we make it, we”ll have a...

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