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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...

“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...

“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...

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...

“V/H/S” manages to make found-footage movies interesting again

“V/H/S” manages to make found-footage movies interesting again

By Wesley Emblidge

August 30, 2012

Countless terrible horror movies come out every single year, and along with them, there are a few terrible found footage (a film where all the footage was shot by the characters) movies released as well. Both kinds are made in bulk for one reason: they’re cheap to produce. So we get stuck with...

“Cosmopolis” is a little different, just like Robert Pattinson’s prostate

“Cosmopolis” is a little different, just like Robert Pattinson’s prostate

By Wesley Emblidge

August 26, 2012

I’m still not entirely sure what to make of “Cosmopolis,” but like a lot of films directed by David Cronenberg, I may never really be sure. This is a movie that almost seems intent on being strange and confusing for the majority of its runtime, It focuses more on what things mean and on expressing ...

“The Bourne Legacy”: Jeremy Renner needs his fix

“The Bourne Legacy”: Jeremy Renner needs his fix

By Wesley Emblidge and Wesley Emblidge

August 23, 2012

When Matt Damon stepped away from the Bourne franchise, that should have been the end of it. No Damon, no Bourne. Unfortunately that’s not the sensible world we live in. Rather we live in one where actors no longer hold as much power as a brand name. People didn’t see “The Dark Knight Rises” becaus...