Category Archives: Films & Television

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)


As a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I’m one of those who would love to see all of the Marvel properties revert back to Marvel because they have proven themselves to be such better stewards of them. The most egregious offenders are of course Spiderman and the Fantastic Four, but given the existence of such turds as X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, this includes the Marvel stable of mutant characters as well.

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Frances Ha (2013)


For a film about a dancer, Frances Ha sure doesn’t have much dancing in it. Come on, it’s even on the theatrical poster. Instead it’s very much all about the travails of a struggling young artiste trying to find her place in New York. At the same time, it shows her with her best friend, a relationship that our heroine says is “like a lesbian couple that have stopped having sex.”

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American Hustle (2013)


American Hustle is not a film that is meant to be taken seriously. If you couldn’t tell that from Christian Bale’s over-elaborate comb-over or Amy Adams’ deliberately horrible British accent, it must be obvious by the time Michael Peña quips, “Abscam? Arab scam? That’s racist.” Then when an uncredited cameo by a famous actor hamming it up in the kind of mobster role he is most recognizable for, you realize the film-makers are just having fun with you.

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