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MOVIE REVIEW | ***CLOSING DOWN WEEK*** The Ten (2007)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “There’s something so intricately planned and meticulously honed underneath that joke delivery surface, that those gags actually have something to say.”

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“Gretchen… Hey, I was in the neighborhood. I thought I’d come by and take a shit.”

Recently, in my neighbourhood, I saw something that’s all too common these days.  A video shop that was closing down.  They had a big sign out the front, “4 movies for $10”.  I looked in my wallet, saw $30 and decided I wasn’t leaving that shop until I found 12 movies I thought were worth having on my DVD shelf.  Some were movies I’d seen before.  Some were movies I had a vague idea about and thought would be worth the $2.50 gamble.  Some were oddities I’d never even heard of, but they looked interesting enough.  So, thank you, Network Video Brunswick West.  I never rented anything from you or even had a membership, but I did find some cool, interesting and mysterious things on your almost empty shelves.


Making smart, dumb comedies is an underappreciated art form.  For every awesomely clever, but silly movie, like Airplane or Blazing Saddles, you get dozens of just plain dumb, dumb comedies, like anything with “Movie” in its title.  On TV, Tina Fey is a master of smart dumbness.  And in movies, I think the best director out there right now might be David Wain.  He had a surprise hit with Role Models, then an unfair flop with Wanderlust.  And in 2014, he made one of the best spoof movies since the afore mentioned Airplane, with They Came Together.  But before all that, he was still figuring out how to best present his version of smart, dumbness, with The Ten. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Reality Bites (1994)

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“At the beep, please leave your name, number, and a brief justification for the ontological necessity of modern man’s existential dilemma, and we’ll get back to you.”

I like Lena Dunham’s Girls.  I don’t think it’s some brilliant game changer or masterpiece, but it’s well written, well acted, and tells stories from what seems like a pretty genuine perspective that we don’t see much on telly.  But I spent the first season hate-watching Girls.  How could I be expected to like these entitled, oblivious, arrogant moles?  But during season two, I realised something.  The show wasn’t trying to convince me to like them.  Dunham and her writers knew it was a show about entitled, oblivious, arrogant moles, they were in on it.


Why am I banging on about the TV show Girls in a review for the movie Reality Bites?  Because after re-watching Reality Bites for the first time in 20 years, it makes the characters in Girls look like newly arrived immigrants in the 20s, busting a gut, doing anything to make a better life for themselves than what they had in the old country. (more…)