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In Wine, There is Truth: A Few Thoughts on Casual Drinking

I didn’t drink much prior to attending college; in the United States, where the legal drinking age is 21, consuming beverages containing 4.5-55% (9-110 proof) alcohol while underage isn’t a challenge so long as you procure a fake ID or maintain friendships with older peers. I grew up in a small (~15,000 people) Midwestern town … Continue reading

‘Marriage Story’ & ‘Little Women’ (2019): A Romantic Double-Review

Directed by: Noah Baumbach [1], Greta Gerwig [2] || Produced by: David Heyman, Noah Baumbach [1], Amy Pascal, Denise Di Novi, Robin Swicord [2] Screenplay: by Noah Baumbach [1], Greta Gerwig [2] || Starring: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern1-2, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, Julie Hagerty, Merritt Wever [1], Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, … Continue reading

In Praise of the Sports Documentary Series, or Why I Hate Most Documentaries

In case readers haven’t noticed, I no longer review feature-length documentaries on this site. I may reference a well known documentary filmmaker from time to time (e.g. Werner Herzog, Ken Burns, etc.) or cite particular documentary filmmaking styles (e.g. cinema verite, direct cinema, observational or “fly-on-the-wall” visual approaches, etc.) as they relate to popular narrative … Continue reading

How to Hate (or Love) Movies without Really Trying: Types of Film-Viewing Biases

As both a celebration of my 500th(!) post on this website and as a reaction to numerous criticisms of the widespread “movie-review format,” today I shall analyze what I perceive are the major types of biases that corrupt viewers’ interpretation and enjoyment of films. I published my 500th essay last month, yet never found the … Continue reading

‘Dolemite is My Name’ (2019): Biopics Don’t Have to Suck

Directed by: Craig Brewer || Produced by: Eddie Murphy, John Davis, John Fox Screenplay by: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski || Starring: Eddie Murphy, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Wesley Snipes Music by: Scott Bomar || Cinematography: Eric Steelberg || Edited by: Billy Fox || Country: United States || Language: … Continue reading