Category: jim rohner

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I Do Movies Badly: Secrets & Lies

Secrets & Lies wonderfully typifies what Leigh is capable of as a director in both the performances he gets from his actors and how subtlety explores the tension between social classes. It’s just a shame that the film’s mouthpiece also reminds...

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I Do Movies Badly: Naked

Mike Leigh’s Naked is led by a phenomenal performance by David Thewlis that takes us inside the world of a self-loathing intellectual who is likely using his brilliance to keep people at an emotional distance as he seeks to embrace a nihilism...

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I Do Movies Badly: Tiny Furniture

Mumblecore Part 2 wraps up with the best film of the bunch, Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture, an assured feature from the Girls creator that uses exemplary directorial work and semi-autobiographical truth to comment on the directionless transitionary post-college period that a return to...

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I Do Movies Badly: Mumblecore Part 2

We might be through with the mumblecore but the mumblecore ain’t through with us. David Bax returns to I Do Movies Badly to convince Jim to give mumblecore another chance, to explain his distaste for the label “mumblecore,” and to...

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I Do Movies Badly: Monkey Shines

Monkey Shines starts out as an inspirational tale of a man overcoming adversity with the assistance of a super smart monkey and turns into a horror story of a man trying to overcome the adversity of his super smart monkey. Its...