Category Archives: Movies

Before We Go: Before Sunrise with Captain America

So apparently what Captain America really wants to do is direct. Sadly, his directorial debut is less than marvelous (*groan*). To be fair, I don’t think Chris Evans’ direction is actually the problem with Before We Go, starring Evans and … Continue reading

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I finally watched Fruitvale Station, and you should, too

Hi folks, Pop Goddess is back after a 2-year hiatus! My husband and I now have a 1 ½ -year-old baby boy, so that means all the movies I watch have to be on-demand on TV, and I’m a lot … Continue reading

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Post-Oscar Smorgasbord

Good post-Oscar morning, folks! Here’s my rundown of last night’s festivities: Odd camera work and Seth MacFarlane: There was something off about the camera work and production value in general. To me the show looked sort of tacky and cheap. … Continue reading

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Pre-Oscar Smorgasbord

Okay, so this is thoroughly subjective and non-comprehensive, because I haven’t seen all the nominated films/performances and I’m not covering all the categories. But here are some of the races I have the strongest feelings about: Best Picture: I think … Continue reading

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower takes you back and breaks your heart

When a movie is described as “quirky” or “offbeat” or “a coming of age story,” it usually leaves me cold. There’s something about those films that keeps me at a distance – I’m not sure if it’s because I somehow … Continue reading

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Gone Girl lingers in the memory

Happy New Year, folks! I’m back after an extended break for Christmas travels and family visits. Speaking of Christmas travels, on our very long road trip, Chris and I listened to the audiobook of Gillian Flynn’s marital mystery thriller, Gone … Continue reading

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Hollywood’s Year of Heroine Worship, by A.O. Scott

I really enjoyed A.O. Scott’s article in this week’s New York Times Sunday magazine, and I wanted to share it with you. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/09/magazine/hollywoods-year-of-heroine-worship.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0 He expresses a lot of my feelings about how women are represented in the movies.  Some of … Continue reading

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Lincoln: And the Oscar goes to . . .

Seriously, just start engraving Daniel Day-Lewis’ name on the Best Actor statuette right now.  I’m sure there are other great performances out there this season (I think Denzel is a strong contender for Flight), but I don’t think they can … Continue reading

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Silver Linings Playbook: Unconventional or just superficial?

My first thought after watching Silver Linings Playbook was, “Well, here’s another example of the annual Weinstein marketing juggernaut.”  Another movie that doesn’t seem to warrant all the Oscar buzz it’s generating.  It’s entertaining, but it sometimes feels like a … Continue reading

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Brave: Mothers and daughters – it can be a bear

Not only does Brave feature Pixar’s first female lead character, but it also centers on her relationship with another important woman in her life – her mother.  In most Disney stories and fairy tales in general, mothers are either absent … Continue reading

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