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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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Movie Review: "The Revenant" B December 30, 2015

The brutality is almost too much to bear

A revenant is someone who comes back as if from the dead, usually for vengeance. That makes the title of "The Revenant" a bit of a spoiler, since the person in question isn't even presumed dead till it's two-thirds over, and doesn't return till after that. I guess the filmmaker wanted us to know what we're in for. Revenge is inevitable, for the characters as well as for the viewers.

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Movie Review: "Joy" C+ December 29, 2015

Messy story could use some mopping up

"Joy" is a strange muddle of a film, frequently entertaining as it moves along but ultimately disappointing as we discover it's not heading anywhere. It's partly a biopic of a real person, but one whose last name is never given. (This remains true even in situations when she's introducing herself to people who tell her their last names.) It's partly a domestic comedy about a frazzled single mother in a chaotic household, but there's little payoff to any of the threads with her mother, father, ex-husband, or children.

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