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REVIEW - Absolute Beginners (1986)

Long before there was the internet and film magazines, there were trailers squeezed onto the VHS tapes I rented as a child. In those days, trailers were my only connection to the broader cinematic world and while they inspired me to seek out certain films, they could also convince me to avoid certain films at all costs. 657 more words


Life Itself (USA, 2014)

Directed by: Steve James. This was a hard one. I don’t really know how to write about this movie in particular, and I was tempted to maybe just make a post about the whole topic of film criticism, weighing art, subjectivity vs objectivity, my views on such things, and how they relate to Ebert, who is basically the Beatles of film criticism: no matter what stance you take on him and his approach—for or against—your stance is in relation to him and to Siskel and their whole project. 799 more words

The Secret Life of Pets - 1.5/5

“I wonder what my pet does all day while I’m gone?”

The Secret Life of Pets thinks the answer to that question resembles a discount… 492 more words

Jagger Czajka

Welcome to Giant Country

When Steven Spielberg was announced as the director of this most recent adaptation of a work by legendary children’s author Roald Dahl, I began feeling a tremendous excitement because never could I have imagined a better meeting of a director and material to work from. 931 more words

Mankind Is Yet To Recognize My Genius

DON'T THINK TWICE (2016, dir. Mike Birbiglia)

Something funny about Don’t Think Twice: in an era when so many  seemingly scripted comedies utilize improvisation (and to *varying* degrees), writer/director/actor Mike Birbiglia has made a quite good scripted comedy that’s about an improv comedy troupe. 503 more words


Future Interrupted:Jumping, Leaping, from Past to Future

Interzone #265 is now a thing in the world. I urge anyone and everyone to head on over to the TTA Press website, Smashwords… 2,355 more words


Ghostbusters - 2.5/5

So this is what all the fuss is about? This updated version of Ghostbusters is too bland to get angry over and too unoriginal to really recommend. 807 more words

Jagger Czajka