Eric D. Snider

Movie Review: "Blackhat" C- January 16, 2015

Like an action movie, but really boring

Looking at the known facts before seeing the film, "Blackhat" could go either way. On the one hand, it's directed by Oscar-nominated Michael Mann, a smart filmmaker with some established credibility ("Heat," "Collateral," "The Last of the Mohicans"). On the other hand, it stars Chris Hemsworth as a hunky computer hacker, and it's being released in the studio dumping grounds of January. (Mann's last six films all had prime spots in the summer or during end-of-the-year awards season.)

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Snide Remarks: "Love and Sects" January 14, 2015

'Gay Mormon' is not an oxymoron

TLC recently aired a reality program called "My Husband's Not Gay," about Mormon women whose husbands are gay (sorry, ladies!). The title was presumably meant to be sarcastic, like when New Jersey is called "the Garden State," or when TLC was called "The Learning Channel."

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Movie Review: "Selma" A- January 9, 2015

MLK takes us marching in Alabama, 1965

As advanced as we like to say we are, living in the future and all, it's astonishing to watch "Selma" in 2015 and realize the events it depicts happened only 50 years ago. In America! Mostly in the parts of America that have always embarrassed the other parts, but still.

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Movie Review: "Taken 3" C- January 9, 2015

In which there's hardly even any taking

Say what you will about Hollywood, those people are very good at making sequels that utterly fail to capture what people liked about the first one. It's almost a gift. "Taken 2" had less energy, action, and butt-kicking than its predecessor, merely repeating what had happened before without raising the stakes or offering anything new (OK, except for using grenades and the speed of sound to triangulate someone's location, that was neat).

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Movie Review: "The Interview" B January 8, 2015

Two dudes try to bring down a dictator

[In theaters and Video on Demand.]

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Miscellaneous December 31, 2014

The Best and Worst Movies of 2014

2014 was a terrific year for movies -- and I say that without having seen several of the films that are appearing on others' top 10 lists, like "Selma," "Mr. Turner," "Ida," and "The Immigrant." (That last one has been on Netflix for months, so I have no excuse, but the others simply haven't screened yet where I live. For some reason, this year the studios were only interested in having their most prestigious offerings considered by critics in New York and L.A.)

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Miscellaneous December 31, 2014

Eric's Media Inventory: What I Watched and Read in 2014

As always, you're not obligated to be interested in this. This is mostly for me. It's just a rundown of what I consumed in 2014, media-wise. Future generations may find it useful in reconstructing the collapse of civilization.

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Eric's Blog December 29, 2014

Wide releases of 2014: a handy list

All the 2014 movies that played in wide release (at least 600 screens). Movies that opened small but eventually expanded to 600+ are included. There were 144 of them! How many did you see?? Write down your answer on a piece of paper, chew it up, and swallow it.

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Eric's Blog December 29, 2014

What Is My Deal? An Exhaustive Report

I have dwelt upon this Earth for four decades now, and if there's anything I can say that applies to the entire span, it's this: it certainly hasn't been boring. There's always something.

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Eric's Blog December 28, 2014

Everything I wrote in 2014

Here's everything I wrote in 2014. Well, everything I published. I wrote some emails and bathroom graffiti, too.

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