A review of ‘I Am Curious Yellow’

May 30, 2014
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A review of ‘I Am Curious Yellow’

On a recent episode of Mad Men, set in 1969, Jon Hamm’s jaundiced and perpetually cool ad exec Don Draper mentioned seeing a movie called I Am Curious Yellow, and he cheekily claimed to have been “scandalized” by the ”dirty movie.” Even for a series stuffed to the brim with period detail, this mention...
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Love gets better with age, but cliches don’t.

June 12, 2013
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Love is All You Need Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dryholm Director: Susanne Bier Rated: R Run Time: 118 m Grade C+ In the ever weirder cycle of globalization, America increasingly relies on overseas markets to supplement the bottom lines of its endless glut of tired sequels and mega budget special effects action flicks, and...
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It girl makes awkward look graceful in the delightful Frances Ha

May 27, 2013
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It girl makes awkward look graceful in the delightful Frances Ha

Frances Ha Starring: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver Director: Noah Baumbach Rated: R Run Time: Grade A- Golden haired, lovely and perpetually frazzled, Greta Gerwig is the current darling of indie cinema, first conquering the zero budget boho world of “Mumblecore” then moving into the slightly higher profile art house fare of notable...
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The Coen Brothers go eclectic with new trailer

January 25, 2013
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If the devoted film geek in your life has a fresh bounce in his or her step lately, it probably has something to do with the release of the first trailer for the Coen Brothers latest effort, “Inside Llewyn Davis”. Starring Oscar Issac (Drive) as the title’s struggling folky, battling his way through the...
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Hyde Park On Hudson

December 19, 2012
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Hyde Park on the Hudson Starring: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams Director: Roger Michell Rated: R Run Time : 94 min Grade C Hard to imagine, but chit chat about the bedroom liaisons of our political leaders was once the sort of thing whispered around cocktails parties, but rarely aired in public like...
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Rifftrax Live! Birdemic: Shock and Terror. Kevin Murphy battles the worst movies ever made.

October 25, 2012
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Rifftrax Live! Birdemic: Shock and Terror. Kevin Murphy battles the worst movies ever made.

Kevin Murphy of Rifftrax, talks about  Birdemic: Shock and Terror Live! Kevin Murphy just might know more about what constitutes a truly awful movie than anyone else alive. Beginning as a founding staffer on the cult classic series Mystery Science Theater 3000, and continuing that seminal show’s legacy today with the similar Rifftrax project,...
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Cinematic Titanic crashes A2!

July 5, 2012
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What wisecrackers!

In the not too distant future… Talking back the movie screen, a practice once shunned by all good and decent folk, has been elevated to an artform of its own in recent years, largely thanks to the efforts of the relentlessly snarky squad of cinema snipers now calling them selves Cinematic Titanic, who will...
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The Maple Theatre, still growing: The short death and long life of an Art House theater.

January 20, 2012
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Local film lovers got a major shock on Wednesday, when various media reports surfaced that the Maple Art Theatre in Bloomfield Hills would be going dark by the month’s end. The rumor, that the Maple’s owners, the indie-flick specialist Landmark chain, had lost its lease, was confirmed with a press release: “Unfortunately, we have...
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The Detroit Film Critics society weighs in.

December 12, 2011
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Now in it’s fifth year of operation; the Detroit Film Critics Society, of which I and my friend Jeff Meyers are proud members, have released their nominations. It’s an intriguing list, in what was a somewhat unusual year, with fewer obvious, big budget favorites than is often the case. Many smaller films garnered acclaim;...
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Two Kids One Hall, the Kids are back in town.

November 16, 2011
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Two Kids One Hall, the Kids are back in town.

Two Kids One Hall The late ‘80s and early ‘90s were boom times for TV sketch comedy, producing such classic giggle ensembles as the Ben Stiller Show, The State, and Mr. Show; but few proved as enduring and beloved as The Kids in the Hall. A tight, five-man unit forged in the boiling comedy...
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