Is Our Children Learning?

I pass tears like kidney stones. Big, fat crocodile drops aren’t easily milked from these tightly shuttered ducts. So when I tell you I bawled at Waiting For Superman — ugly bawled … in public — please know that means something. Writer/director Davis Guggenheim made a documentary about global warming, An Inconvenient Truth , the […]

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Report Card

Hereafter = D- Nobody tell Clint Eastwood his movie about death sucks. It may kill him. Red = B AARP-sponsored carnage, with added Malkovich. Secretariat = F If the dialogue doesn’t kill you, you’ll kill yourself. Worst of the year. The Social Network = B+ No one can deny the brilliance of Sorkin’s script … […]

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Lives for Sale

In the special club of music video directors turned mainstream feature filmmakers, Mark Romanek is among the least visible. He hasn’t made a film since 2002’s creepy-but-minor Robin Williams vehicle One Hour Photo . Who would’ve thought, with only a handful of music videos made between then and now, that his latest feature, Never Let […]

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Koolhaas Docs, Rosenman Insider

I’m going to hope that I’m the first person to notice Rem Koolhaas’ last name sounds like “cool house” … because I want to be considered clever. See, he’s a world-renowned architect (get it, “cool house”), and Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) is screening two documentaries about him. A Kind of Architect and Koolhaas […]

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Cast-a-palooza

It’s election day. Obviously, unless you are intentionally hiding it from yourself, you can guess the direction my voting lever pulls. This is a movie blog, and I won’t stand up on this soap box and rail on about who you should vote for and why…or even do the whole “I don’t care who you […]

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