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Well, shoulda gone to see Warrior.

It was a toss-up between Contagion and Warrior this weekend. Warrior‘s about the mixed martial-arts fighter with father issues—they say it has grown men sobbing into their popcorn. So, y’know, it might be good. But if not, at least good for a laugh, on accounta I’m not a man, so therefore I scorn your weak tears!

Nah, just kidding. Go ahead, cry your heads off.

But Contagion, on the other hand, was made by the team of screenwriter Scott Z. Burns and director Steven Soderbergh, the guys who did The Informant! And I admired The Informant!, so that decided it.

Mistake. Contagion is one of the many swing-and-a-miss Soderbergh films. Respectful reviews, though—he gets a lot of those. Reviewers suspect that he’s smart, and that makes them nervous. He wears those big glasses and all.


September 11th, 2011 | Comments (28)

True Grit: Forget That John Wayne Stuff

True Grit is a big hit for the Coen brothers, giving them their best opening weekend ever. Their growing popularity cues two inevitable reactions: 1) the claim that they’re improving as filmmakers, finally learning how to do it right, “it”…

December 28th, 2010 | Comments (45)

Hereafter I Will Avoid Clint Eastwood Films

Clint Eastwood’s latest, Hereafter, looks at the life-after-death question. I went to see it because I like it when movies plunge into the life-after-death question, which so often involves ghosts and paranormal weirdness and crazy psychic visions and mystic hoo-ha…

October 26th, 2010 | Comments (30)

The Informant!: It's Good!

If you think our culture is totally, horribly, permanently screwed up, go see The Informant! Because it’s a gallows-humor study of how/why we are totally, horribly, permanently screwed up, so it gives you an opportunity to consider the question. But…

September 20th, 2009 | Comments (32)