No Core Strength, by Tyler Smith

27 May

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There’s a shaggy dog quality to Andrew Bujalski’s Results that is hard to dislike. This is especially appreciated when one considers that it is a story revolving around personal trainers, whose job it is to appear confident and self-assured. In many ways, the tone and pacing of the film are refreshing. However, the film’s general lack of focus eventually feels less like a story being told than a series of events just kind of happening without any real motivation or much emotional payoff.

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Tracing the Steps, by Rita Cannon

27 May

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Everyone knows the story: In the 19th century, a young girl is both blind and deaf. She grows up a prisoner of her own disability, unable to communicate, lashing out violently whenever she’s upset or afraid (which is often). Luckily, a kind teacher hears of the girl’s troubles and is determined to reach her. She teaches the girl sign language by signing into her hand, and after months of arduous work, even teaches her to speak. The story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan has become an inspiration to millions, but Jean-Pierre Améris’ film Marie’s Story isn’t about them. It’s about Marie Huertin and her teacher Sister Sainte-Marguerite. Huertin was born five years after Keller in Vertou, France, and had a remarkably similar journey from isolation to connection with the outside world. For American audiences, it’s basically impossible not to view Marie’s Story as a French version of The Miracle Worker. While viewers in Huertin’s homeland may not encounter such a stumbling block (the film is simply called Marie Huertin over there, suggesting greater familiarity her story) it will strike many as a retread, and a rather uninspired one at that.

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I Do Movies Badly: Ladyhawke

27 May

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In this episode, Jim continues his series on 80s fantasy with a discussion of Ladyhawke.

WTF Are You Watching? Monsters

27 May

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In this episode, Kyle and Lincoln discuss Gareth Edwards’ Monsters.

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The TV Room: Modern Family Season 6, by David Bax

26 May

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In the new, post-Sopranos (and now post-Mad Men) world of television, there’s much more awareness on the part of the public of individual seasons of shows. It’s not just about the contracts of the cast and crew anymore. Seasons are how shows are grouped on Netflix and they’re how series are currently consumed. As a result, we have expectations based on them. What’s the story of this season? How does this season fit into the whole story? That may be a tad unfair to more classical-minded shows like Modern Family but it also makes it easier for us the viewers to point out a series’ faults.

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Hey, Watch This! Mad Men/Between

26 May

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In this episode, Paul and David discuss the Mad Men finale and Between.

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26 May

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EPISODE 427: THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE

25 May

In this episode, Tyler and David are joined by writer Craig Schroeder to discuss the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Hey, Watch This! Friends Reunion

24 May

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In this special hosted by Paul, the cast of Friends reunites!

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The TV Room: Mad Men Season 7, by David Bax

23 May

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In the very first episode of Mad Men, advertising agency creative director Don Draper (Jon Hamm) describes happiness as the “moment before you need more happiness.” The series’ seventh and final season gave Don various opportunities to learn that isn’t true. In the end, though, instead of a breakthrough, he had a homecoming, returning to that very moment after a long time away. He simply experienced, in the most literal and mundane sense of the word, a revolution.

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