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Reel Music 28

The NW Film Center’s annual music-documentary fest expands across town this week. Here are two standouts: Search and Destroy: Iggy Pop and the Stooges’ Raw Power79 Could be the fact that I ...   More
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 WW Screen Staff

Blue Valentine

I love this movie like Williams loves Gosling.

In Blue Valentine’s most iconic sequence, a love-struck Ryan Gosling positions Michelle Williams underneath a heart-shaped wreath outside a florist shop and croons the Mills Brothers’ &ldq ...   More
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Lost In Paradise

Sofia Coppola’s celebrities: They’re just like us, but more depressed!

Sometimes the drugs stop working. Sex doesn’t thrill. A sitcom laugh track grates more than usual because it refers to jokes that aren’t even half-funny anymore. The vague flicker of light ...   More
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 CHRIS STAMM

Reel Music Festival 28

From a distance, Sly Stone and Phil Ochs couldn’t have less in common. Stone was a flamboyant, excess-prone sex symbol who took the pop world by storm; Ochs was a smart, big-hearted kid from Ohi ...   More
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Shoot, Score

The great, the good and the meh of ESPN’s 30 For 30 documentary series.

ESPN has broadcast a lot of schlock since taking the air in 1979. The network’s rise to cable juggernaut has meant sports devotees wasting uncounted hours (not me, of course) watching lumberjack ...   More
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 HENRY STERN

Agree To Disagree

Choosing the top 10 movies of 2010, our critics couldn’t unite on anything. Except maybe Valhalla Rising.

Aaron Mesh’s Top 10The conventional wisdom says 2010 was a bad year for good movies, and the clever retort is it was a good year for movies that made us feel bad—but really, the year&rsquo ...   More
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 WW Screen Staff

Little Fockers

Not happy to see you, Robert De Niro.

As if the sight of Robert De Niro with a raging hard-on poking through his pajamas isn’t sad enough, the creators of Little Fockers have to go and make it worse. It’s not just that they fo ...   More
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 MATTHEW SINGER

The King’s Speech

The s-s-s-sadness of King George.

If it is the task of the movie psychologist to tell his patient, à la Robin Williams, that distress is “not your fault”—and to convince us that, yes, that fellow’s probl ...   More
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 AARON MESH

Cussed Assurance

True Grit is the Coen Brothers’ hymn to frontier loss.

True Grit reminded me of Lolita, though not in that way. The Coen Brothers’ new rendering of Charles Portis’ novel of Arkansas frontier retribution is remarkable for its lack of perversity ...   More
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 AARON MESH

White Material

Claire Denis blesses the pains down in Africa.

It takes time to get your bearings in a Claire Denis film. Her movies define themselves leisurely, like a landscape fading up from night to dawn to morning. White Material, the remarkable new movie by ...   More
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 CHRIS STAMM
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