Eric D. Snider

Eric's Blog July 12, 2014

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #218: 'DOTPOTA,' 'Snowpiercer,' 'Land Ho,' etc.

[We took a week off to accommodate Jeff's move to San Diego (such a diva), but Movie B.S. is back now as if nothing ever happened.]

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Movie Review: "Land Ho!" B- July 11, 2014

Two old friends on an Icelandic road trip

The Hollywood version of "Land Ho!" would star Alan Arkin and Michael Caine, be loud and grating, have a hundred Viagra references, and make $150 million. The real version, an unassuming little comedy about two old-timers taking a road trip across Iceland, stars two men you've never heard of, is charming and quiet, and will make a maximum of twelve dollars. That's just how life works, and we have to accept it.

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Movie Review: "Obvious Child" B+ July 2, 2014

The best abortion comedy of the summer

You can say it's reductive to call "Obvious Child" an "abortion comedy," and there's certainly more to the film than that. It's also a modern reshuffling of the romantic comedy, and a showcase for the talented Jenny Slate, a sweet-and-salty comic actress whose most prominent work to date has been a year on "SNL."

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Movie Review: "Snowpiercer" B+ July 2, 2014

The passengers in coach are revolting

[In theaters and Video on Demand.]

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Movie Review: "Begin Again" C July 2, 2014

A phony movie about artistic integrity

Surely you remember "Once," that lovely indie drama from 2007 about the Irish guy and the Czech girl who connected through music, and who eventually sang their pretty song at the Oscars. Remember how sweet and plainspoken the film was, how its raw, micro-budget sensibility was so endearing? John Carney, its writer and director, remembers, and has tried unsuccessfully to duplicate the magic with the aptly named "Begin Again."

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Eric's Blog June 29, 2014

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #217: Our favorites of 2014 (so far)

[This week's Movie B.S. has a lot of me and Jeff reminiscing on account of he's moving. But the show will go on!]

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Movie Review: "Borgman (Dutch)" B+ June 20, 2014

Maybe don't invite evil into your house?

"Borgman" is a strange movie, but its strangeness is matter-of-fact, even casual. It's not the kind of strangeness that draws attention to itself and says, "Look how strange this is!" (That's the Tim Burton method.) If you were flipping channels and saw a scene out of context, you might not realize there was anything particularly unusual about "Borgman" at all.

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Eric's Blog June 15, 2014

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #215: 'How 2 Train Your Dragon,' '22 Jump St'

[We've got a couple of sequels on Movie B.S. this week -- and they're good!]

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Movie Review: "22 Jump Street" A- June 13, 2014

Back to school, more self-aware than ever

A comedy sequel (uh-oh) to a film that was based on a defunct TV show (yikes) ought to be an unwatchable disaster. That's the America I grew up in, anyway. But after the surprising non-badness of "21 Jump Street" two years ago, and the even more surprising greatness of "The LEGO Movie" not five months ago, maybe we shouldn't be surprised that the directing duo responsible for them, Chris Miller and Phil Lord, have returned with the top-to-bottom hilarious "22 Jump Street" and exceeded all expectations yet again.

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