THE RULES OF THE GAME (1939)

THE RULES OF THE GAME (1939)

As my Independent Study in World Cinema continues, I dive deep into Jean Renoir's tragicomic critique of French society on the eve of the Second World War.

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WEEK 2: SEDITION EDITION

In this week's blog/newsletter, I share a few thoughts on the white supremacist attack on Washington D.C., as well as a few links to the thoughts of much smarter people than I.

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HAMILTON (2020)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is back, to face the ultimate test of her musical-hating convictions.

ROPE (1948)
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ROPE (1948)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is contemplating murder, as we sit down for Alfred Hitchcock's taut exercise in sustained suspense.

DINER (1982)
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DINER (1982)

This week, Nakea and I are making much ado about nothing, as we revisit one of the most influential comedies of the 1980s.

The 50 Best TV Shows of the 2010s
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THE 50 BEST TV SHOWS OF THE 2010S

It was the biggest, most ambitious, most diverse, and best decade in television history. And these were my 50 favorite shows.

Topol in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (1971)
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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (1971)

If I were a rich man, The Unenthusiastic Critic would probably be less resentful about having to watch a Broadway musical on her Christmas vacation.

Hoffman and Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer
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KRAMER VS. KRAMER (1979)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is contemplating divorce—not for the first time—as we sit down for her first viewing of Robert Benton's Christmas-tangential classic on its 40th anniversary.

THE APARTMENT (1960)
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THE APARTMENT (1960)

A serious comedy about loneliness, infidelity, predatory men, workplace harassment, and attempted suicide? Sounds like the perfect Christmas movie for The Unenthusiastic Critic.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is making first contact with Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic, and asking the question: Is it about a space-age prophet, or just an intergalactic deadbeat dad?

WATCHMEN 1X06 - THIS EXTRAORDINARY BEING
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WATCHMEN 1×06: "THIS EXTRAORDINARY BEING"

In one of the best episodes of TV in many years, Watchmen brilliantly explores black anger, the insidious conspiracy of pop culture, and the poisonous nature of nostalgia.

Richard Gere and Louis Gossett Jr. in AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN
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AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN (1982)

This week we're discussing "Magical Negroes," and The Unenthusiastic Critic is eyeballin' Taylor Hackford's 1982 romantic military melodrama.

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in THE BIG SLEEP
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THE BIG SLEEP (1946)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is celebrating #Noirvember with Bogie & Bacall in Howard Hawks' adaptation of Raymond Chandler's classic detective story.

Chris Tucker and Ice Cube in FRIDAY (1995)
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FRIDAY (1995)

In honor of the great John Witherspoon's passing, we're f–ing up the rotation this week, as Nakea introduces Michael to a '90s comedy classic.

Kiefer Sutherland in THE LOST BOYS
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THE LOST BOYS (1987)

Sleep all day, party all night, never get old, never die. It's good to be the Unenthusiastic Critic.

Jennifer Connelly in PHENOMENA (1985)
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PHENOMENA (1985)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is bugging out, as our Halloween Movie Marathon continues with Dario Argento's weirdest movie.

Donald Sutherland and Sharon Williams in Don't Look Now
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DON'T LOOK NOW (1973)

Our horror marathon continues with Nicolas Roeg's masterpiece of grief, marital disintegration, and impending doom. (In other words, it's business as usual for The Unenthusiastic Critic.)

Emily Blunt in A QUIET PLACE
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A QUIET PLACE (2018)

It's quiet in here—a little TOO quiet—as The Unenthusiastic Critic continues her 2019 Horror Movie Marathon with John Krasinski's muffled monster movie.

Elsa Lanchester and Boris Karloff in BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
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FRANKENSTEIN (1931) & BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935)

It's alive! The Unenthusiastic Critic's 2019 Halloween Movie Marathon gets underway with a classic creature double-feature from the golden age of the Universal movie monsters.