Captain America ruined Superman for me

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , on April 23, 2014 by Sarah

So I started this right after Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out earlier this month then got busy with a real-world thing and didn’t finish it. But now it is finished and even though the movie is three weeks old, fuck it, I still want to talk about this.

After I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I started having the sneaking suspicion that I needed to re-watch Man of Steel. I hadn’t seen Man of Steel since it was in theaters last summer, but when I saw it I liked it way more than expected. I had some issues with it, but I was just so relieved that it wasn’t a disaster and that they managed to put together a Superman movie that worked more than it didn’t. It has some problems—it’s definitely too long, there are some gaping logic flaws, particularly Lois Lane lacking proper motivation at times, and that ending is too. damn. much—but overall, I still liked it.

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Johnny Depp has officially lost his touch

Posted in Movies, Reviews with tags , , , on April 21, 2014 by Sarah

transcendence_movie_posterTranscendence, Johnny Depp’s latest movie about a guy who gets sucked into a computer that somehow isn’t a reboot of Tron, is dumb. It’s really dumb and it’s no surprise it completely shit the bed over the weekend. It’s dumb in many ways, one of which is the supremely baffling “How did so many smart people end up in such a dumb place”, aka the Tijuana Jail Theorem (smart people + Tijuana jail = how did we get here?). I wish the movie had been called Tijuana Jail Theorem, because then I would have known not to bother. But I was curious about Transcendence because it’s the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, Christopher Nolan’s long-time cinematographer, a man who has been one of the consistently best DPs working in film over the last 10+ years. Continue reading

Introducing the Winter Soldier: The creation of a truly terrifying Marvel villain

Posted in Movies, Reviews with tags , , , on April 7, 2014 by Sarah

captain-america-the-winter-soldier-poster-buckyA couple weeks ago film critic Matt Zoller Seitz wrote a plea for fellow critics to include discussions of form in their film reviews, to at least mention how the language of film is helping or hindering the movie being reviewed. It was an eloquent point well made, and also apropos of what I want to talk about in re: Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I’ve already reviewed the movie (available here and spoiler free), so what I want to get into now that we can talk about stuff without people yelling SPOILERS (seriously, if you haven’t seen it, stop reading now) is how all of the elements of filmmaking worked together to bring to life the Winter Soldier, the most memorable, bone-crunchingly scary villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet. Continue reading

Fashion Friday Fun Post: The Women of Mad Men

Posted in Celebrities, Event with tags , , , , on April 4, 2014 by Sarah

The Mad Men season 7 premiere was in LA and the various ladies in Don Draper’s life came out to play. They didn’t all win, but they all played. Let’s do this alphabetically, starting with Alison Brie in Marchesa. Surprise—a Marchesa I don’t hate. It reminds me of Oscar de la Renta’s embroidered dresses this spring (though they’re a lot better than this Marchesa number), and while I wish Brie had styled it a little more, it fits nicely and she looks nice, so it’s nice. Continue reading

Spring Movie Preview: April 2014

Posted in Movies, Previews with tags , , , , on April 3, 2014 by Sarah

April 2

Dom Hemingway

I don’t have time to write a full review, so here’s a quickie—this is the most I’ve enjoyed Jude Law in a really long time. His performance as the reprehensible Dom is engaging and likeable even as you cringe at how awful he is. Law is better than the movie itself, but it’s a solid alternative to the studio films that loom large over the month. Also, it took me half the movie to recognize the charming actress who plays Dom’s daughter as the Khaleesi herself, Emilia Clarke. She looks SO different without her Daenerys hair.


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Noah is grand, ambitious, messy

Posted in Movies, Reviews with tags , , , on March 31, 2014 by Sarah

noah-movie-posterThere is a lot to admire in Darren Aronofsky’s big-budget, large-scale epic, Noah. There’s so much to admire, in fact, that it’s hard to call it a bad movie, even if parts of it feel shoe-horned in and it’s overblown and it’s not particularly fun to watch. And no, I don’t mean that every movie has to be upbeat and positive in order to be good. 12 Years a Slave was not upbeat but I was never bored or disengaged by it. At points in Noah, I was checking my metaphorical watch (because seriously, who wears a watch anymore?) because it was about twenty minutes too long and the pacing was slightly too uneven to affix my interest for the entire run time. Continue reading

Fashion Friday Fun Post: Emma Watson is CRUSHING it

Posted in Celebrities, Event with tags , , , on March 28, 2014 by Sarah

Over the course of the week, while pimping Noah, Emma Watson dressed for everything from daytime events to formal premieres and she knocked every look out of the park. It was a crazy run from someone who already has a high bar for fashion—she basically completed a sartorial Iron Man. Let’s break it down. Continue reading


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