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Like Noel Coward, with Hockey

Watching Everyone Says I Love You is like having a fond lover bop you on the nose with perfect, pink, thornless rose. It’s a gesture at once tender and teasing, a moment of sweetness rescued from saccharine sentiment by a touch of absurdity. And really, the whole movie’s like that. As for the premise, various branches of a kindly, wealthy family meet and fall in love with a series of equally... read more

Brunets, not fighter jets

Wikipedia tells me that Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie were roomies at film school before forming the band Flight of the Conchords. Also, Bret was an elf in Peter Jackson's.... read more

I believe in Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter

If Jesus were alive today, he would write this post. Hanging out with his buds on cold winter nights, drinking brews and eating corn chips, around midnight he’d always say, “Let’s watch my movie!”... read more

Bad wigs, big lungs, good times!

Wigs. Heels. Excessive makeup. No, it’s not drag! It’s Cher! and Christina! And Burlesque. A movie that seems to be little more than a surprisingly good-natured and complementary vanity project starring two divas who respect each other’s work! Here’s what I know about Christina Aguilera: she was on The Mickey Mouse Club. She sang the music in Disney’s Mulan. She sang... read more

Right here in St. Louis!

While I think The Wizard of Oz is a cultural touchstone, integral to American culture, I’ve never liked the movie. I thought it was creepy as a little kid, and creepier still as an adult, but I would never deny that Judy Garland was a talented performer. In point of fact, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of America named Somewhere Over the Rainbow as the... read more

I’ve never felt this way before

I watched Dirty Dancing again last night and was again wowed by what a brilliant love story it is. The movie is such a classic I won’t even try to go into all the reasons it’s fantastic, because I’m guessing a lot of you already know them. Everything about this movie is perfect, basically. It’s also the ultimate feel-good movie. My roommate was having a bad day yesterday, and I... read more