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Driver Education* (Amy Ray)

*Related to the last.

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The Adjustment Bureau (2011) 
This movie needed less Matrix and more Bishop’s Wife.

The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
This movie needed less Matrix and more Bishop’s Wife.

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Jerry, 2007Zac Freeman

Jerry, 2007
Zac Freeman

Moon (2009) 

2 stars for Sam Rockwell for carrying this movie - ½ star for Kevin Spacey’s voice (How can a voice overact And be boring?) - ½ star for the stupid emoticons (OK idea, lame execution) + 1½ stars for a poignant take on a well-worn narrative - ½ star for a bit of schmaltz here and there + 1 star for reminding me of Moon Patrol (God, I Loved that game!)

Moon (2009)

2 stars for Sam Rockwell for carrying this movie - ½ star for Kevin Spacey’s voice (How can a voice overact And be boring?) - ½ star for the stupid emoticons (OK idea, lame execution) + 1½ stars for a poignant take on a well-worn narrative - ½ star for a bit of schmaltz here and there + 1 star for reminding me of Moon Patrol (God, I Loved that game!)

The Ghost Writer (2010)  
1 star for Ewan McGregor because he loves his gay brother - ½ star because I just remembered that’s actually Colin Farrell - 1 star for Kim Cattrall and her terrible, disappearing accent (it was a relief when she just gave up on it) - ½ star for the unnecessary and rather distracting overdub of the word “fuck” a number of times (the fuck?!?) + 1 star for the floor-to-ceiling window in that office + ½ star for Tom Wilkinson because he’s awesome + 1 star for the movie being suitably atmospheric (Although he could have just gone to Germany and taken some pictures and then I could have gone to see a better movie.) - 2 stars for not actually being a smart, taut thriller + 1½ stars for the GPS system which showed more depth and intelligence than pretty much every human being in this movie (Except for the groundskeeper, who at least knows that a dead man’s car is better than a bike in a rainstorm in January on fake Martha’s Vineyard.)

The Ghost Writer (2010)

1 star for Ewan McGregor because he loves his gay brother - ½ star because I just remembered that’s actually Colin Farrell - 1 star for Kim Cattrall and her terrible, disappearing accent (it was a relief when she just gave up on it) - ½ star for the unnecessary and rather distracting overdub of the word “fuck” a number of times (the fuck?!?) + 1 star for the floor-to-ceiling window in that office + ½ star for Tom Wilkinson because he’s awesome + 1 star for the movie being suitably atmospheric (Although he could have just gone to Germany and taken some pictures and then I could have gone to see a better movie.) - 2 stars for not actually being a smart, taut thriller + 1½ stars for the GPS system which showed more depth and intelligence than pretty much every human being in this movie (Except for the groundskeeper, who at least knows that a dead man’s car is better than a bike in a rainstorm in January on fake Martha’s Vineyard.)

Love Actually (2003)  
 ½ star for Billy Mack - ½ star for Juliet, Peter & Mark (Could I have cared less about them? Not much.) + 1½ stars for Jamie & Aurélia (Adorable.) +  ½ star for Harry, Karen, & Mia (That’s all for Emma Thompson) +  ½ star for David & Natalie (I’ve had “Jump” in my head pretty much ever since.) +  ½ star for Daniel, Sam & Joanna (Mostly for the kid, mostly for the airport scene) +  ½ star for Sarah, Karl and Michael - 3 stars for Colin (God, I hated everything about that) + 1½ stars for John and Judy (I would have watched a movie just about them.)

Love Actually (2003)

½ star for Billy Mack - ½ star for Juliet, Peter & Mark (Could I have cared less about them? Not much.) + 1½ stars for Jamie & Aurélia (Adorable.) + ½ star for Harry, Karen, & Mia (That’s all for Emma Thompson) + ½ star for David & Natalie (I’ve had “Jump” in my head pretty much ever since.) + ½ star for Daniel, Sam & Joanna (Mostly for the kid, mostly for the airport scene) + ½ star for Sarah, Karl and Michael - 3 stars for Colin (God, I hated everything about that) + 1½ stars for John and Judy (I would have watched a movie just about them.)

You Can Count On Me (2000)
2 stars for Laura Linney for pulling off likable emotional fuck-up (i’ve been trying for years and it’s not easy. the likeable part, that is.) + 2½ stars for Mark Ruffalo for pulling off loveable shithead (i’ve been trying for years and it’s not easy. the loveable part, that is.) - ½ star for the name “Rudy Jr.” (the name didn’t feel natural and the Jr. part seemed inconsistent) + 1 star for the house and all the surrounding pretty - ½ star for all the damn cello - ½ star for the use of the phrase “puerile crap” (“bullshit” would have done, Shakespeare) + 0 stars for nobody in the bank ever uttering the phrase “Atta girl!” (It’s easy to imagine that would be funny, but it probably would have ended up feeling forced. I’ll just go back and watch 9 to 5 instead.)

You Can Count On Me (2000)

2 stars for Laura Linney for pulling off likable emotional fuck-up (i’ve been trying for years and it’s not easy. the likeable part, that is.) + 2½ stars for Mark Ruffalo for pulling off loveable shithead (i’ve been trying for years and it’s not easy. the loveable part, that is.) - ½ star for the name “Rudy Jr.” (the name didn’t feel natural and the Jr. part seemed inconsistent) + 1 star for the house and all the surrounding pretty - ½ star for all the damn cello - ½ star for the use of the phrase “puerile crap” (“bullshit” would have done, Shakespeare) + 0 stars for nobody in the bank ever uttering the phrase “Atta girl!” (It’s easy to imagine that would be funny, but it probably would have ended up feeling forced. I’ll just go back and watch 9 to 5 instead.)

Fiona’s Wave, 2006Matthew Cusick

Fiona’s Wave, 2006
Matthew Cusick

Duplicity (2009) 
1 star for Paul Giamatti (½ of that for his last big scene with the speech) - 1 star for Julia Roberts being in this + ½ star for her not actually ruining it + ½ star for Clive Owen (Though I’m not really sure for what, exactly.) - ½ star for the gratuitously confusing company names (Just freakin’ name them after the CEO’s, ok? No need for showboating.) + 1½ stars for a decent amount of layers in the plot - ½ star for the final result being more obvious than I would have liked + 1 star for the whole frozen pizza bit (This may have been where Clive got his ½.)

Duplicity (2009)

1 star for Paul Giamatti (½ of that for his last big scene with the speech) - 1 star for Julia Roberts being in this + ½ star for her not actually ruining it + ½ star for Clive Owen (Though I’m not really sure for what, exactly.) - ½ star for the gratuitously confusing company names (Just freakin’ name them after the CEO’s, ok? No need for showboating.) + 1½ stars for a decent amount of layers in the plot - ½ star for the final result being more obvious than I would have liked + 1 star for the whole frozen pizza bit (This may have been where Clive got his ½.)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) 
2 stars for Kate Winslet (1 just for showing up, 1 for being good) + 1 star for Jim Carrey (I could give him more for this movie but then I’d have to take some away because, you know, he’s Jim Carrey) - 3½ stars for being written by Charlie Kauffman which meant I refused for so long to see it because I really, really dislike everything else he’s done + 2 stars for not sucking like his other stuff does (maybe it’s just the Charlie + Spike combo I hate?) + 1½ stars for the assorted, secondary cast - 1 star for totally depressing me + 1½ stars for me being able to fondly remember it anyways.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

2 stars for Kate Winslet (1 just for showing up, 1 for being good) + 1 star for Jim Carrey (I could give him more for this movie but then I’d have to take some away because, you know, he’s Jim Carrey) - 3½ stars for being written by Charlie Kauffman which meant I refused for so long to see it because I really, really dislike everything else he’s done + 2 stars for not sucking like his other stuff does (maybe it’s just the Charlie + Spike combo I hate?) + 1½ stars for the assorted, secondary cast - 1 star for totally depressing me + 1½ stars for me being able to fondly remember it anyways.

A Single Man (2009) 
2 ½ stars for Colin Firth - ½ star for Julianne Moore’s awful accent + 1 star for her awesome living room - ½ star for all the “womb” scenes (we get it) + ½ star for the idea of the color-shifting - 1 star for overdoing it + 2 stars for his house + ½ star for his Mercedes - 3 ½ stars for the intrusive, overwrought score that made me wish…well, I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t say what it made me wish. But it totally did.

A Single Man (2009)

2 ½ stars for Colin Firth - ½ star for Julianne Moore’s awful accent + 1 star for her awesome living room - ½ star for all the “womb” scenes (we get it) + ½ star for the idea of the color-shifting - 1 star for overdoing it + 2 stars for his house + ½ star for his Mercedes - 3 ½ stars for the intrusive, overwrought score that made me wish…well, I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t say what it made me wish. But it totally did.