Tag Archives: Coming of Age [genre]

Best Picture Oscar: Moonlight [2016]

A young boy tries to find his place in the brutal eco system of the Miami public school system, finding scarce comfort or connection with others in the world around him. Not exactly a study of race, education, narcotics, or … Continue reading

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The Veronica Mars Movie [2014]

The best detective fiction often has a pair of crimes in parallel – one in the present caused by one in the future. To solve the present, you must excavate the past. This can take a range of forms, so … Continue reading

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Learning to Drive [2015]

A marriage breaks up after 20 years, and the wife is thus forced to learn to drive. Her instructor is a refugee from political oppression who’s a driving instructor by day and a cabbie by night. Together, they heal, they … Continue reading

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus [2009]

It’s taken me the better part of six months to write this review, because every time I’ve tried to take some deep angle on this film it’s not been quite as deep as I think when I pick my starting … Continue reading

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Chef [2014]

Before watching it, my overall impression of watching Chef had been that it was a kind of food pornography. I expected certain number of linking scenes with some fairly ordinary dialogue to get you between one scene of close-up food action. To … Continue reading

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The Way Way Back [2013]

Is there a point where a film becomes so uncontroversial, so amiable, so predictable, that there’s nothing to say? This film is a perfectly functional comedy – I got Kermode’s requisite 6 laughs from Alison Janey alone. There is just … Continue reading

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Mud [2012]

I think it would be very easy to be dismissive of Mud, because it is the classic “simple tale, well told”. Boy-becomes-man, drawing on the traditions of Huckleberry Finn via Stand By Me. It is a story that tries nothing … Continue reading

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