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John Hawkes Shines in True Story “The Sessions”

John Hawkes Shines in True Story “The Sessions”

By Wesley Emblidge

October 18, 2012

If there’s one thing you can safely call “The Sessions,” it’s original. It’s based on the true story of Mark O’Brien, a man with polio who is confined to an iron lung and decided he wanted to experience sex before he died. Mark, after consulting his therapist and priest, hired a sex surrogate to rea...

I shouldn’t even attempt to explain “Holy Motors”

I shouldn’t even attempt to explain “Holy Motors”

By Wesley Emblidge

October 16, 2012

Few movies have contained moments that truly baffle me, but when a person dressed as a leprechaun emerges from a sewer system into a cemetery, proceeding to eat the flowers off of people’s graves and kidnap a clothing model, I do have trouble knowing exactly what to make of it. “Holy Motors” is the...

“Argo” Solidifies Ben Affleck as a Great Director, but Remains a Lackluster Actor

“Argo” Solidifies Ben Affleck as a Great Director, but Remains a Lackluster Actor

By Wesley Emblidge

October 10, 2012

I've never really liked Ben Affleck as an actor all that much. He's been in very good movies, but his performance was never really a standout. That is, until he turned to directing. His debut "Gone Baby Gone" was a great surprise, and his follow-up "The Town" just reaffirmed him as a really great...

“Seven Psychopaths” is a Great Combination of “Adaptation” and “In Bruges”

“Seven Psychopaths” is a Great Combination of “Adaptation” and “In Bruges”

By Wesley Emblidge

October 10, 2012

From the very first scene of “Seven Psychopaths,” the new film by Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges”), you can sense some of the films that inspired it. It opens with a scene very reminiscent of early Scorsase films, like “Goodfellas,” where two mafia henchmen discuss shooting people in the...

Food Trucks Roll up to Marin Country Mart

Food Trucks Roll up to Marin Country Mart

By Julia Kligman

October 4, 2012

As the successor to trendy overpriced cupcake bakeries and still-somewhat-popular tapas restaurants, food trucks have made their way to Marin as the “next big thing.” A mobile community of food trucks called “Off the Grid SF” has designated “market” areas, migrating from the East Bay to San...

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” Manages to be a Solid Entry in the High School Genre

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” Manages to be a Solid Entry in the High School Genre

By Wesley Emblidge

September 30, 2012

Being a high school student, I love a good movie about high school. I love the fun 80s movies like “Ferris Bueler’s Day Off” or “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” laugh hard at R comedies like “Superbad” and “21 Jump Street,” and get really invested with all the characters in “The Breakfast Club.” With “The Perks of ...

“Looper” Review: One of the Few Movies This Year to Meet its High Expectations

“Looper” Review: One of the Few Movies This Year to Meet its High Expectations

By Wesley Emblidge

September 28, 2012

When one thinks back on great time travel movies, certain movies come instantly to mind. The earlier films in the “Back to the Future” and “Terminator” franchises are great examples, but those were many years ago. Recently, the best time travel movies have been foreign (2007’s “Timecrimes...

Some of the best talents in cinema are all on top of their game in “The Master”

Some of the best talents in cinema are all on top of their game in “The Master”

By Wesley Emblidge

September 22, 2012

Some movies take a while to really figure out. It’s been over a day since I was awed by Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, “The Master,” and yet I’m still thinking about and trying to deconstruct it. It’s a film that demands a very specific audience, a very cold oppressive film that leads to a lot of people walking out of the theater ...

“Trouble with the Curve” is the furthest thing from a curveball

“Trouble with the Curve” is the furthest thing from a curveball

By Wesley Emblidge

September 22, 2012

I think I speak for most people when I say I really wish Clint Eastwood had stopped working a long time ago. With the downhill spiral of his directing career, his embarrassing speech at the Republican National Convention recently, and now his latest starring role, "Trouble with the Curve," it's hard to rem...

NBC’s new show “Revolution” is about as new and interesting as its title

NBC’s new show “Revolution” is about as new and interesting as its title

By Wesley Emblidge

September 15, 2012

There’s a lot of trash on TV right now, but it’s generally very diverse trash. You have the 20 identical cop/courtroom/medical shows spread across the major networks; you have the terrible reality television like “Jersey Shore” or “Toddlers in Tiaras.” Along with those of course, you h...

Josh Radnor’s “Liberal Arts” is funny and sweet, but unfocused

Josh Radnor’s “Liberal Arts” is funny and sweet, but unfocused

By Wesley Emblidge

September 12, 2012

As a high school senior, college is one of the main things on my mind. However, something I think about almost as much as college itself is life after college. How will I get a job? Find a place to live? Pay taxes? Afford insurance? The day you graduate college is the day you’re truly on your own for th...

Great performances elevate “Lawless” from it’s fairly standard story

Great performances elevate “Lawless” from it’s fairly standard story

By Wesley Emblidge

August 30, 2012

To me, there are two kinds of horror movies. There’s the type that just flat out comes out and scares you, like another movie I reviewed recently, “V/H/S.” However the other kind is one I like far more; the kind that gives you an overwhelming feeling of fear the entire film. It’s never a...