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“We Bought a Zoo”: Charming, Heartfelt, and a Return to the Best Kind of Romance

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          Movies that try to be earnest but don’t do it with reckless abandon always fail.  It comes off as tacky and unrealistic and even downright annoying.  In your average romantic comedy of… Continue reading

“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” Review

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  I feel guilty saying this as someone who considers himself to be a “true fan” of Sherlock Holmes, but A Game of Shadows is pretty great. While it still falls short of… Continue reading

Reflections on the “Girl With a Dragon Tattoo” Movies

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          By now, pretty much everyone has heard of the international phenomenon that is Girl With a Dragon Tattoo.  It is the first in a trilogy of books entitled the Millennium Trilogy revolving… Continue reading

A Book Review of “Girl With a Dragon Tattoo”

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          It’s both intriguing and terrifying that sadism has somehow become mainstream in pop culture.  For some reason, we find ourselves drawn inevitably to films like “Hostel” or the “Saw” series.  Years ago,… Continue reading

Merry Christmas: Reflections on “It’s a Wonderful Life” by Corey

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“You see George; you’ve really had a wonderful life.”           Ugh.  Gets me every time.  Shamefully enough, I hadn’t even seen Frank Capra’s classic Christmas film about the life of George Bailey until… Continue reading

Reactions to the Trailer for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

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See the trailer for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” here at Snippets “You’ll have a tale or two to tell when you come back.”  “Can you promise that I will come back?” “No…and… Continue reading

“Like Crazy”: I Love This Movie Like Crazy – A Review by Corey

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       “I thought I understood it, but I didn’t.  I knew only the smudgeness of it, the eagerness of it, the idea of it: of you and me.”  And with those words,… Continue reading

A Review of “50/50”

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          “If you were a casino game, you would have the best odds.”  Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is just another unassuming – and rather boring – twenty-something year old.  He’s got a goofy… Continue reading

Some Brief Thoughts On “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters”

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“Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters” is another fragment of J. D. Salinger’s dearest literary project: the Glass family.  I’ve talked briefly about the Glass family over on our main blog Snippets in… Continue reading

Drive Review

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From the first beat of its pulsing electronic score, the first titles, emblazoned in hot pink script, the first images of Los Angeles in the night, Drive grabs you by the collar and… Continue reading

“Contagion” Infects America With Paranoia: Viral Marketing and Viral Diseases in the 21st Century

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WARNING:  Read this contagious review at your own risk.  And it contains plot spoilers. “The average person touches their face three to five times every waking minute. In between that we’re touching doorknobs,… Continue reading

A Review of “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer

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            I don’t remember many specifics from when I was twelve years old.  I know that I was in the seventh grade and that having Mrs. Leinhos for Language Arts and Literature back-to-back… Continue reading

Cowboys and Aliens Review

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There are films and there are movies. There are flicks, motion pictures, features, and what have you. Generally this distinction between film and movie is not one worth making, although I believe David… Continue reading

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Review

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The following review will appear in the September issue of Chronicles Magazine           When Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published in 1998, it gained the ire of many parents and religious… Continue reading

Some brief and non-thunder-nor-lime-light-stealing thoughts on “Midnight in Paris”

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Woody Allen’s forty-sixth film, “Midnight in Paris” is bottled charm. Allen has expertly captured the essence of Paris, the beauty, the very feeling of what I imagine Paris evokes, and played it back… Continue reading

“Midnight In Paris” Review

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          We’ve all talked about it, hell, a number of us have even taken some of those annoying Facebook quizzes giving us the answers: would life be better if we lived some time… Continue reading

“The Tree of Life” Review

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          Filmmaker Terrence Malick has achieved a stellar reputation despite having a limited body of work.  His work is highly stylized, dreamlike, and utilizes heavy symbols to contemplate even heavier questions regarding life,… Continue reading

“Green Lantern” Review

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          When I first started seeing promotional footage for the new “Green Lantern” movie, I’ll admit I wasn’t too excited.  It seemed a little hokey, and as insolently charming as Ryan Reynolds is,… Continue reading

Super 8 Review

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J.J. Abrams has made a career out of making excellent films and television shows with memorable characters and complex plots that masquerade as science fiction stories. No that’s not right, they’re sci-fi narratives… Continue reading