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Dressed down and real movie recommendations

Look for the dinner scene

Ambition pushes the character I play in Peerless and the characters in Little Miss Sunshine (USA, 2006, Fox Searchlight) are certainly driven to extremes. The ensemble of characters in Little Miss Sunshine all has their ...

Theatrical, dark, and detailed

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and The Lost Boys

I just finished watching BBC’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (United Kingdom, 2015, BBC). I have a soft spot for fantasy and science fiction. Plus I’m playing a sort of witch with magical powers in ...

Flicks that stand out among the fanny packs

For the ragtag bunch

The Goonies (USA, 1985, Warner Brothers) was one of the ’80s movies that I couldn’t stop watching as a kid and even now this 30-year-old cult classic has me perched on the edge of my ...

How we make connections in a disconnected world

Relationship disaster movies

Carla Nell Artistic director, InnerMission Productions Me, You, and Everyone We Know (USA, 2005, IFC Films) is the antithesis of an “art” film. Director Miranda July plays an artist who has a day-job as an ...

From lighthearted banter to deeply serious

Sleuth and Coraline

Michael Caine and Lawrence Olivier in Sleuth (US/United Kingdom, 1972, Twentieth Century Fox): two of the most powerfully charismatic actors of all time engaging in psychological warfare. I remember how hard my jaw hit the ...

Now see this, fans of Hamilton and postapocalyptica

Snowpiercer and TURN: Washington's Spies

I adore postapocalyptica, and Snowpiercer (South Korea/USA, 2013, Radius-TWC) is a lesser-known masterpiece of the genre. A 2013 English-language South Korean film based on a French graphic novel, Snowpiercer is set on a train hurtling ...

An adolescent John Cusack; LARPing with heavy metal

Better Off Dead and Knights of Badassdom

Better Off Dead (USA, 1985, Warner Brothers) is not only supremely entertaining, but it also has an amazing soundtrack! For my music-loving husband, and my ’80s teen movie obsession, it’s the perfect mix for us! ...

Go in skeptical, come out enchanted

Brooklyn and Curse of the Black Pearl

Brooklyn (United Kingdom/Ireland/Canada, 2015, Fox Searchlight) surprised me. I went in not expecting much aside from enjoying one of my favorite actresses, Saoirse Ronan, but I came out truly enchanted. The story of a young ...

Seventies animation classics

Wizards (USA, 1977, Twentieth Century Fox), a classic Ralph Bakshi film, mixes animation and rotoscoping. At the time it was to save money and time but it resulted in a unique effect. The story is ...

Fangoria meets post-apocalyptic perfection

Turbo Kid (Canada, 2015, Epic Pictures Releasing) caught me by surprise just by the simple review I read: “Mad Max on BMX Bikes!” After reading that, I needed to see it. Simply put, it’s Fangoria ...

The film that set the bar for romantic comedies

Claudette Colbert proves the leg is mightier than the thumb when hitchhiking in the 1934 romantic comedy It Happened One Night (1934, Columbia). The film set the bar for romantic comedies to come. It’s a ...

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