Category Archives: Pre-Peafowl

The Help

            A FILM WITH ELEPHANTINE SUBTLETY The Help is a curious picture that suffers from two overlookable yet still problematic flaws: it’s too safe and doesn’t know what kind of picture to be.  It is as advertised, a movie about … Continue reading

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Senna

SENSITIVE, SOFT-SPOKEN, AND OVERLY AMBITIOUS              Let’s start by saying that for the most part I loathe auto-racing.  I don’t see any reason to give up three hours of my day to watch foreigners race around in a circle.  Still, … Continue reading

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A Better Life

         ESTOY BUSCANDO PARA LA VIDA MEJOR The first thing you notice about A Better Life is that its Mexican characters are not stereotypes.  They don’t use phrases like “¡Hasta la vista, baby!”, nor do they use the grammatically incorrect … Continue reading

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Super 8

AN   AMATEUR   FILM   THE   WAY   AMATEUR  FILMMAKERS    ENVISION    IT   .   .   . When I was six or seven years old I made a five-minute “movie” in my back yard involving a … Continue reading

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Cars 2

“That’s Lightning McQueen!  He’s my best friend!” As you can imagine, Cars 2 is a sequel to 2006’s Cars, which was about cars (hint: so is this one).  This time, hot-shot racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) sets out … Continue reading

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