Month: November 2011

The Artist Review

“It wasn’t until a good thirty minutes into The Artist that I realized this was neither an homage or a post-modern genre scramble to an artistic form that’s been gone for 80-something years. This was, with only the smallest of dismissible instances, the genuine article. The Artist, if you didn’t know, is an upbeat, “Golden Days of Hollywood” silent film and it is adorable.” Read the rest of my review at...

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One Trek Mind: 10 Least Threatening Star Trek Villains

“When Captain Kirk declared “risk is our business” in the season-two TOS episode “Return to Tomorrow” yes, he was discussing the nobler aspects of human potential. But he was also talking about big, nasty, oftentimes hairy space creatures that could turn your internal organs into chunky tomato soup with a glance. The strange, new worlds of Star Trek have some of the best villains in science fiction, but with all that infinite diversity in infinite combinations come a few that no amount of disbelief suspension can make scary. Here, then, are the 10 Least Threatening Star Trek Villains.” Head to to...

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The Descendants – Review at

“The Descendants opens with a snapshot of the sublime. A beautiful woman is shown in close-up, coasting along in a motorboat on a summer day. If Merriam-Webster needed a photo to accompany their definition of “content,” this would more than suffice. After a fade to black, director Alexander Payne slowly begins to reveal the human drama beneath this one perfect moment in time.” Click here to continue...

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Recent Films (Nov 23)

A good run these last few days. THE IRON GIANT (1999), Brad Bird, B+ THE MUPPETS (2011), James Bobin, B TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY (2011), Tomas Alfredson, A- (review link forthcoming) SHAME (2011), Steve McQueen, B+ (review link forthcoming) THE ARTIST (2011), Michel Hazanavicius, A- (review link forthcoming) A SEPARATION (2011), Asghar Farhadi, A- (review link forthcoming) (probably) WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY (2011), Robert B. Weide, B+ TITAN A.E. (2000), Don Bluth and Gary Goldman,...

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Jordan Hoffman is a New York-based writer and film critic working for The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Thrillist, Times of Israel, NY Daily News and elsewhere.

He is the host of ENGAGE: The Official Star Trek Podcast, a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and challenges you to a game of backgammon.

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