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In the Loop: So Many Swears

Finally, fa-HINE-ally, someone has made a proper comedy. Armando Iannucci, to be exact, with In the Loop, his annihilating satire of recent Anglo-American misadventures in the Middle East. It’s getting fantastic reviews and it deserves every one of them. It’s…

Posted on: July 26th, 2009 | Comments (13)

Harry Potter and the Blah-di-blah-blah

So Harry Potter, the latest one. Making a lot of money. Yep. How many more to go? Ten? Oh, only two? Well, good, that means they’ll finish up before the kids turn thirty.

Posted on: July 19th, 2009 | Comments (28)

Public Enemies: Michael Mann's Big Sad

Public Enemies is an oddly soft, slow, elegiac film, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Some of my best friends are elegiac films. But it seems a regrettable approach to its main subject, John Dillinger, if you know anything at…

Posted on: July 7th, 2009 | Comments (14)

The Taking of Pelham 123: It's All Denzel

Washington acting like a person Director Tony Scott ought to put up a statue to Denzel Washington in his sculpture garden, then pray to it at least three times a day to express his gratitude for the way the actor…

Posted on: June 14th, 2009 | Comments (9)

The Hangover: People Say It's Really Funny

I’m supposed to be reviewing The Hangover here, but the problem is I saw it when hung over and can’t remember much of it. That’s what you call “irony.” (Manhattans and red wine, if you must know.) I’d heard that…

Posted on: June 7th, 2009 | Comments (13)

Up: Pixar Bastards Have Gone Too Far This Time

The latest Pixar film Up is being received as if it were better than the Second Coming. It represents the Pixar team’s effort to be even more lugubrious than in their last animated film—more lugubrious than in their last five…

Posted on: June 2nd, 2009 | Comments (50)

Terminator Salvation: The Future Will Be Loud

I seriously thought my eardrums had burst a couple of times during Terminator Salvation. The movie sounds like jets crashing into a junkyard, one after another, with intervals of loud pompous narration delivered via public address system between the screeching…

Posted on: May 24th, 2009 | Comments (20)