Eric D. Snider

Movie Review: "13 Hours" B January 15, 2016

Elite soldiers win the day in Benghazi

Michael Bay hasn't directed many movies that were good, but he's directed even fewer that were political (chanting "USA! USA!" isn't the same as being political). So we shouldn't be surprised that "13 Hours," Bay's movie about the Benghazi attacks of 2012, is far more interested in the bullets, bombs, and bodies of the affair than it is in the hearings and investigations that followed it. The whole subject may be politically charged, but don't forget: Michael Bay is first and foremost a dumb guy.

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Movie Review: "Anomalisa" A- January 15, 2016

We're all puppets of our emotions, right?

In his screenplays for films like "Being John Malkovich," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," and "Adaptation," Charlie Kaufman has demonstrated two things: that he's fond of exploring themes of identity, memory, romantic love, and self-loathing; and that his own un-spotless mind is a fevered, neurotic wonderland.

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Eric's Blog January 11, 2016

An assortment of Eric D. Snider updates

Happy 2016, Sniderinos! My deepest apologies for addressing you with a racial slur, but I needed to get your attention.

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Movie Review: "Chi-Raq" B+ January 11, 2016

Achieving lasting peace via abstinence

Whenever there is an uproar over an unarmed black man being killed by police (once a month or so), there is a backlash from people who say the outrage is misplaced. "What about the black-on-black murders that happen every day in Chicago?" they say. "Why isn't anyone concerned about THAT??" (This is the only time they ever bring it up.)

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Movie Review: "The Forest" C January 8, 2016

When you think suicide, think Aokigahara

There is a forest in Japan that's famous for being a common location for suicides. That's probably not a good selling point for the Japanese national park system (it really sounds like more of a German thing), but it supplies a decent premise for "The Forest," a mid-grade, bloodless PG-13 horror flick whose only distinction is that it's not as aggressively bad as most of the films of this type that are dumped in theaters every January.

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Movie Review: "Brooklyn" A- January 4, 2016

A lovely story about a lovely Irish girl

"Brooklyn" is a soft, cozy blanket of a movie, capable of producing content smiles at almost a weapons-grade level. Adapted by Nick Hornby from Colm Toibin's novel, and directed by John Crowley ("Boy A"), this story of an Irish girl who emigrates to New York in 1951 is sweetly romantic but never sappy, just heartfelt and simple.

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Miscellaneous January 3, 2016

The Best and Worst Movies of 2015

Another year has sped past us at the alarming rate of one day per day, 365 of them in a row, without cessation. Then, without warning, it stopped being one year and started being a different year. What do we do now? We look back on the movies we saw in the old year, that's what.

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Eric's Blog January 1, 2016

Everything I wrote in 2015

Everything I published, anyway. There's a lot to read here! Better get started!

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Eric's Blog January 1, 2016

Wide releases of 2015: a handy list

Here are all the movies that came out in the U.S. in 2015 and played on at least 600 screens. Movies that opened smaller than that and eventually expanded to 600+ screens are included. There were 153 (up from 144 in 2014). I saw 107 of them. How many did you see?? Send me the number in a telegram.

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Miscellaneous January 1, 2016

Eric's Media Inventory: What I Watched and Read in 2015

This is for my own records. Nobody else read it!

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