Month: December 2011

Pariah Review

You’ll forgive me if my reaction to Dee Rees’ film Pariah is more emotional than critical. Ya see, it really hits me close. No, not because I’m an African-American or a lesbianor had parents who would not accept me, but because my coming of age coincided with the boom years of the American independent film scene of the early 1990s. Pariah is, at least to me, greatly reminiscent of that era and its films. [Continue reading at...

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Margaret Review

The movie is Margaret, the six-years-on-the-shelf post-9/11 drama, and it is the type of thing you rarely see. It has a solid cast, a dramatic setting and a powerhouse opening. All the tracks are laid for a big emotional movie with recognizable beats and teary-eyes speechifying. But something kinda magical happens. It is as if writer/director Kenneth Lonergan stood up, said “No!” and demanded that the chaos and heartache that challenges us in real life must challenge us as audience members, too. As such, the story chugs along following its own internal logic, chasing tangents and getting hyper-focused on vignettes that seem, at least on the surface, to be completely unrelated to anything. [Continue reading at Badass...

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A Separation Review

There’s the famous quote from Shakespeare – “the first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” It’s from one of his plays that was never made into a movie, so I can’t tell you which one. I can tell you, though, it was meant as a vision of utopia. Having seen Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation I can report that a justice system that dispenses of the sleazoids in slick suits still has plenty of problems. [Continue reading at...

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Review

Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of John Le Carré’s celebrated Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy flat-out fails in its efforts to grab ya in a breathless, page-turning spy thriller way. It achieves, however, something far more interesting – a striking look at what British intelligence really (okay, probably) was like in the early 1970s. [Continue reading at...

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Comics Read – Week of 12/21

New to JH.c! I waste $ on comics, the least I can do is keep track of what I felt. This’ll be a week-by-week. BATMAN #4 – A BIRDS OF PREY #4 – B BLUE BEETLE #4 – A- CAPTAIN ATOM #4 – B+ GREEN LANTERN CORPS #4 – B JUSTICE LEAGUE #4 – B- NIGHTWING #4 – B+ WONDER WOMAN #4 – B AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #676 – A DEFENDERS COMING OF DEFENDERS #1 – B VENOM #11 –...

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Films Watched 12/21 – 12/30

The Front (1976), Martin Ritt, B+ The Matrix (1999), The Wachowskis, A- The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Wachowskis, C- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – Extended Edition (2001/2002), Peter Jackson, A The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – Extended Edition (2002/2003), Peter Jackson, A- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Extended Edition (2003/2004), Peter Jackson, A- Margaret (2001), Kenneth Longergan,...

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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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