Monthly Archives: November 2011

Terri (2011, 105 minutes, Rated R) 3.5 out of 5 stars

Fairly enjoyable if not a must-see. Jacob Wysocki plays the titular Terri, an obese, awkward but kindhearted 15-year old trying to navigate the difficulties of both high school and a non-traditional family life. He struggles with each, leading the principal … Continue reading

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Fish Tank (2009, 122 minutes, Rated R) 4 out of 5 stars

Gritty and drab slow-burner, but also a very good one from writer/director Andrea Arnold. Mia (Katie Jarvis) is 15 years old, and lives in an East London housing project. She has a shit bag of a mom (Kierston Wareing), and … Continue reading

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Dark Days (2000, 94 minutes, Unrated (would be R)) 4 out of 5 stars

Compelling documentary about a community of homeless people living underground in the NYC subway tunnels near Penn Station. Shot entirely in black and white, the movie chronicles their everyday struggles against rats, squalor, drugs, and more. We’re introduced to a … Continue reading

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Submarine (2010, 97 minutes, Rated R) 5 stars out of 5

Highly recommended. Hilarious and just one of those movies that makes you happy. Boiled down, it’s a coming of age story about a 15-year old British schoolboy, Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts, who’s great here), growing up in 80s Wales. Oliver … Continue reading

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Machete Maidens Unleashed (2010, 84 minutes, Rated R) 3.5 out of 5 stars

Thoroughly amusing documentary about the Filipino exploitation film genre of the 1960s-1980s. Good, but not as good as the filmmaker’s (Mark Hartley) previous movie on the Australian exploitation-cinema craze of the 70s and 80s, Not Quite Hollywood. The Philippines post-World … Continue reading

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