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“A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III” Review: This is What “Winning” Looks Like?

“A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III” Review: This is What “Winning” Looks Like?

By Wesley Emblidge

January 18, 2013

When you write a film that has an intentionally unlikeable lead character, there are generally two things you should do. The first is cast someone who can make them somewhat interesting, and the second is have the character go on a journey to at least somewhat redeem themselves. There are successf...

“Silver Linings Playbook” Review: Much Better Than That Terrible Title

“Silver Linings Playbook” Review: Much Better Than That Terrible Title

By Wesley Emblidge

January 18, 2013

Note: This review has been republished for the wide release of the film. Original article follows. I always find a film impressive if it can manage to change my mind about something I usually hate. A film like “Punch-Drunk Love” really surprises me because I typically hate Adam Sandler, yet he’s great in...

“Gangster Squad” Review: A Waste of Fedoras

“Gangster Squad” Review: A Waste of Fedoras

By Wesley Emblidge

January 13, 2013

I love a good crime-noir film; stuff like “The Third Man” or “The Maltese Falcon” have the perfect mix of all the things I want out of a movie. We don’t see much of those kinds of movies now, so a new film-noir that isn’t a remake or a sequel is a rare event. The new movie “Gangster Squ...

EMBLIDGE INSIGHT: The Ten Best Movies of 2012

EMBLIDGE INSIGHT: The Ten Best Movies of 2012

By Wesley Emblidge

January 9, 2013

You know it’s been a particularly great year when choosing a top ten is this hard. 2011 was kind of a bore. My favorite movie of that year, “50/50,” wouldn’t even make my top 10 this year. It may just be that I got to see more films this year (over 150 new releases), but regardless, this feels...

“Zero Dark Thirty” Review: A Great Film and a Piece of Journalism

“Zero Dark Thirty” Review: A Great Film and a Piece of Journalism

By Wesley Emblidge

January 4, 2013

Time and time again films are released under the guise that they are “based on a true story” or something of the sort, but rarely do those films feel authentic. There have been some awful, contrived Hollywood films this year like “The Vow” or “Chasing Mavericks” that just paste that true st...

Ke$ha’s Off Her Rocker with “Warrior”

Ke$ha’s Off Her Rocker with “Warrior”

By Billie Mandelbaum

December 30, 2012

On her second full-length album, “Warrior,” Ke$ha seeks to explore the supernatural aspects of life. As she said in an interview with Ryan Seacrest, “The theme of this record is magic. I went on a spirit journey by myself. I was in Africa rehabilitating baby lions... and just went on this crazy...

“Promised Land” Review: Solid Character Drama With A Political Backdrop

“Promised Land” Review: Solid Character Drama With A Political Backdrop

By Wesley Emblidge and Wesley Emblidge

December 27, 2012

Any film centered on a political issue has the challenge of taking a stance on it. Either you’re biased, choosing one side to take, or you refuse to take a side, using the politics as a backdrop to a story. In the case of “Promised Land,” the new film from director Gus Van Sant (“Good Will Hun...

“Les Miserables” Review: Tom Hooper Attempts To Destroy His Own Movie

“Les Miserables” Review: Tom Hooper Attempts To Destroy His Own Movie

By Wesley Emblidge

December 25, 2012

Most bad films are, at their core, just poorly written. Even a great cast and director can’t save a mediocre script, but a good script can usually save a mediocre cast or director. However it seems in the case of “Les Miserables,” the new adaptation of the critically acclaimed musical, director Tom Hooper seems to have attempted ...

“Django Unchained” Review: Tarantino’s Western Takes Down Slavery

“Django Unchained” Review: Tarantino’s Western Takes Down Slavery

By Wesley Emblidge

December 23, 2012

One of my favorite movie-going experiences this year was seeing “Pulp Fiction” again on the big screen, and it was a reminder of what a great filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is. Now, I’ve gotten my second reminder this year, with Tarantino’s latest, “Django Unchained.” In 1858 Texas, Dr. King Sch...

“Not Fade Away” Review: Buy the soundtrack, not a ticket

“Not Fade Away” Review: Buy the soundtrack, not a ticket

By Wesley Emblidge

December 21, 2012

Nostalgia is a tool that must be done very carefully when used in film. If it’s too heavily relied on, it can alienate the audience that isn’t from the referenced era. However most films are able to achieve a good balance between nostalgia and story, letting it take a backseat to the characte...

“On the Road” Review: Just as Boring as the Book

“On the Road” Review: Just as Boring as the Book

By Wesley Emblidge

December 19, 2012

I feel like I should disclose something to preface to this review: I didn’t particularly like Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” when I read it. I liked the writing style, and thought Kerouac’s overarching description of how his generation acted was somewhat interesting, but I found the narrativ...

Prabh Indian Kitchen: A Healthy, Delicious Option for Ethnic Food Lovers

Prabh Indian Kitchen: A Healthy, Delicious Option for Ethnic Food Lovers

By Justin Schmidt

December 18, 2012

Prabh Indian Kitchen in downtown Mill Valley is hands down the best Indian restaurant in Marin. Although Prabh is most well-known for its sit-down dinner experience, the lunch box meals are just as appealing, and can be made in 10 minutes or less. The lunch box contains rice, naan (traditional Indian...