Monthly Archives: November 2014

On the Lost Potential of ‘The Hunger Games’

“The Hunger Games” could have been a revolutionary box office bonanza with a brain. Sadly, thanks to the greed of Lionsgate Pictures, it’s become an ironic symbol of the greed that the film is meant to satirize. I’ve been told … Continue reading

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On the Existence of ‘The Theory of Everything’

Why does “The Theory of Everything” exist? Where did it come from? Why is it here? Not even Stephen Hawking could explain that. We have “A Brief History of Time,” Errol Morris’s remarkable documentary on the life of Stephen Hawking. … Continue reading

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#TBT “Catching Fire” is Just All Right With Me

It’s Throw Back Thursday, which we never do, but the third “Hunger Games” movie is coming out this weekend so we thought we’d rerelease our “Catching Fire” episode. Enjoy

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On ‘Life Partners’ and Our People’s People

Making room in life for our people’s people is not an easy thing. No man has lived without the experience of the girlfriend or even wife of the long time friend who’s intrusion into our life is among the most … Continue reading

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Birdman’s Not Dumb or Dumber

Welcome to the I Hate Critics Movie Review Podcast. We’ve got a brand new website, a brand new iTunes logo. We’re launching a campaign on iTunes to get more ratings and reviews. If you rate and review our podcast you’ll … Continue reading

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On The Pain of Hating ‘Happy Christmas’

Joe Swanberg broke my brain. One minute I’m flying from idea to idea, forming connections, creating thoughts and preparing those thoughts for inspection. Then, at about the 15 minute mark of Swanberg’s insipid film “Happy Christmas” I first heard and … Continue reading

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On Pop Psychology, Tragedy and Noir in ‘The Two Faces of January’

I feel as if I missed something essential in “The Two Faces of January.” For the life of me, I don’t know why the film is called “The Two Faces of January.” I feel the film must have introduced this … Continue reading

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On ‘Whitey,’ Anger, Depression and My Favorite Doc of 2014

I sit here thoroughly depressed and deeply moved. Joe Berlinger’s “Whitey: The United States of America V. James J. Bulger” has wrecked me. The case that Berlinger lays out against our FBI and our Justice Department is thorough, damning and … Continue reading

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On ‘Birdman,’ ‘Beyond the Lights,’ and the Warping Effect of Fame

Spoilers ahead, I recommend both films, though “Birdman” is the one you truly should not miss out on. The only things that the movies “Birdman” and “Beyond the Lights” have in common are that they are both movies and they … Continue reading

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On the Transgressive Power of ‘Whiplash’

Spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned. Andrew wants to be great and Fletcher wants to be there at the conception of greatness. That is the basic idea of “Whiplash,” the first feature from writer-director Damian Chazelle who announces himself in a … Continue reading

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