Face/Off (1997)

FACE/OFF (1997)

We have met the enemy and he is me, as I use a MAGA conspiracy theory as an excuse to introduce Nakea to John Woo's preposterous action thriller.

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.

Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia aims a crossbow in ANGEL

WEEK 7:
THE BEST SLAYED PLANS

In which I offer quick takes on stuff I've been watching (including Judas and the Black Messiah, Saint Maud, and Clarice), and explain at some length why I won't be writing about Buffy the Vampire Slayer this year after all.

People rescuing Ralph Fiennes, who is buried in dirt, in the movie THE DIG

WEEK 6: BURIED

This week's blog/newsletter features some labored thoughts on the writing process, and quick takes on The Dig, Malcolm & Marie, The Little Things, I May Destroy You, and other things I've been watching.

OTHER RECENT POSTS

Dawn of the Dead
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DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978 & 2004)

It's a creature double-feature this week, as we devour George Romero's 1978 zombie classic and Zack Snyder's 2004 remake.

Mamma Mia
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MAMMA MIA! (2008)

In a winner-takes-it-all Mother's Day episode, Michael is taking a chance on Mamma Mia!, and Nakea couldn't escape if she wanted to.

Better Off Dead
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BETTER OFF DEAD (1985)

This week we're watching Savage Steve Holland's cult teen comedy, and The Unenthusiastic Critic wants her two dollars.

Amadeus
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AMADEUS (1984)

Rock us, Amadeus! On this week's podcast, we're composing ourselves for Milos Forman's Oscar-winning tale of music, madness, and murder.

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2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is opening the podcast doors for Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this month.

ROCKY
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ROCKY (1976) & ROCKY IV (1985)

The Unenthusiastic Critic is like Ivan Drago: whatever she hits, she destroys. This week, she's lacing up her gloves for a marquee matchup: 1976's Rocky and 1985's Rocky IV.

saving private ryan
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SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998)

This week, we're hitting the beach for Steven Spielberg's homage to the Greatest Generation.

goldfinger
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GOLDFINGER (1964)

It seems The Unenthusiastic Critic may be the only woman alive that 007 can't seduce.

Avatar
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AVATAR (2009)

This week Nakea is opening Pandora's box, and sitting down for her first viewing of James Cameron's $3 billion blockbuster. Also: Oscars talk!

2018 Oscars
MOVIE LISTS & ROUNDUPS

2018 OSCAR PICKS AND PREDICTIONS

My choices for who will win, who should win, and who must not be allowed to win at the 90th Annual Academy Awards.

The Godfather
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THE GODFATHER (1972)

We're going to the mattresses—and hitting the vino—for Nakea's first viewing of Francis Ford Coppola's Oscar-winning classic.

black panther and shaft
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BLACK PANTHER (2018) & SHAFT (1971)

This week Nakea is picking the movies, as we discuss two cats who won't cop out when there's danger all about.

PRIDE & PREJUDICE (2005)
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PRIDE & PREJUDICE (2005)

It's Valentine's Day, and what woman could possibly resist Jane Austen's immortal romance? Well, maybe The Unenthusiastic Critic…

Top Gun (1986)
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TOP GUN (1986)

This week we're flying into the danger zone, and The Unenthusiastic Critic is setting her sights on Tony Scott's ode to American testosterone.

The Maltese Falcon
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THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)

The Unenthusiastic Critic goes in search of the stuff that dreams are made of, with her first viewing of John Huston's seminal film noir.

Dead Poets Society
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DEAD POETS SOCIETY (1989)

On this week's podcast, Nakea is sucking all the marrow—and most of the fun—out of Peter Weir's Oscar-winning classic.

My Fair Lady
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MY FAIR LADY (1964)

By George, I don't think she gets it. The Unenthusiastic Critic, an avowed musical-hater, sits down for her first viewing of eight-time Oscar winner My Fair Lady.

Back to the Future
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BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)

Where we're going, we don't need roads. It's The Unenthusiastic Critic, now in podcast form! Listen to our pilot episode, as Nakea and I sit down for her first viewing of Back to the Future.

Best Films of 2017
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THE BEST FILMS OF 2017

In a very good year for cinema, I'm naming my top-five films in six categories: Drama, Comedy, Action, Horror, Animation, and Documentary.