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Brew Views: Shaun of the Dead


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Shaun of the Dead has infected so many imitators in seven years that the mention of Edgar Wright’s genre-bender almost summons a reflexive twinge of dislike. I’m actually pretty bored by the zo   More
 
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 AARON MESH

Brew Views: Sarah Palin: You Betcha!


Brew Views
The knee-jerk response to Sarah Palin: You Betcha! is that the Barracuda from Wasilla has gotten a documentary she richly deserves, though it might be just as true that wanting to make a Sarah Pali   More
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 AARON MESH

Brew Views: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

No Shit, Sherlock


Brew Views
It tends to confirm one’s more churlish suspicions of the world that Robert Downey Jr. had to don a British accent and a steampunk gimmick to become a hit detective, when he all but perfected the    More
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 AARON MESH

Brew Views: Red Scorpion


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The Clinton Street Theater is enthused about Red Scorpion because it marks the launch of its new Flattop Film Series, a program of ’80s demolition salvage. I’m excited about Red Scorpion because    More
 
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 AARON MESH

The First Waltz

The Tree of Life


Brew Views
The musical montage is a disparaged and mostly abandoned trope, and maybe its rarity makes it more powerful—the two films that most affected me this year both worked their magic with it. Drive, w   More
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 AARON MESH

Brew Views: E.T.: The Extraterrestrial

Fly me to the moon.


Brew Views
How fitting that the titular, big-eyed grub in E.T.: The Extraterrestrial is equipped with restorative powers, since the movie also has the gift of casting its viewers back into childlike, guileless   More
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 AARON MESH

Brew Views: The Goonies


Brew Views
I often wonder whether The Goonies is held in as high esteem elsewhere as it is in the Northwest. For most Oregon natives now on the cusp of their 30s, the 1985 film was a rite of passage—not onl   More
 
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

A Boy Falling Out of the Sky

The Man Who Fell to Earth


Brew Views
Seeming to hail from a cinematic quasar that flared briefly before disappearing forever, Nicholas Roeg’s 1976 The Man Who Fell to Earth plays on an entirely alien emotional register. This is an ear   More
 
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 AARON MESH

L-I-V-I-N


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Among the lessons taught by Richard Linklater in Dazed and Confused—the importance of specific locations, how much deeper nostalgia cuts when it isn’t whitewashed, what Matthew McConaughey likes   More
 
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 AARON MESH

Tough Guys Tumble


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Speaking as someone who lived, worked and went broke in Bangkok during his early 20s, the biggest problem with The Hangover Part II is not that it ignores the unique and fundamentally conservative Th   More
 
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 COREY PEIN
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