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  • I actually liked, even loved, things this week! Starting with Fury, which is totally not Inglourious Basterds and may be even more violent/gross.
  • Went 5/5 for Listen Up Philip, and talked to Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss and writer-director Alex Ross Perry.
  • Also went 5/5 for Dear White People, which please make a hit.
  • There’s a new, possibly second-to-last Studio Ghibli film, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, from the director of Grave of the Fireflies, and it is one gorgeous bummer.
  • I’m not over the moon for Birdman, but it is pretty much goofy fun, so much so that it’s only periodically Inarritu-annoying.
  • Didn’t even dislike Camp X-Ray, the movie where KStew goes to Gitmo and learns that a longtime detainee is a good person.
  • Hell, I even had fun at the absolutely hilariously inane and insane new NIcholas Sparks movie, The Best of Me.
  • And I sort of occasionally warmed to the very earnest if dodgy and cheesy Rudderless. But had nice chats with star Anton Yelchin and director William H. Macy (with a bit of Felicity Huffman).
  • Did a curtain raiser for the Philadelphia Film Festival, which scored The Duke of Burgundy, Mommy and Kumiko the Treasure Hunter, the bastards.
  • Bit late, but during NYFF talked to Abel Ferrara and Willem Dafoe about Pasolini, commentary tracks and stuff. He said “fuckin’” a lot.
  • Hannibal Buress was forced to talk to me about SNL, exes and doing serious roles (he doesn’t want to, yet) for like a half hour in preview for his stand-up show in Philly (and later NYC).
  • And here’s my recap of the penultimate episode of The Knick, which I’ll be sad to see end.

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  • Wrote like 1800 words about A Hard Day’s Night, which turns 50 on Sunday
  • Kind of defended Tammy, which is surprisingly kind of likeable
  • Didn’t defend Deliver Us from Evil, which is shit
  • Kind of defended Earth to Echo, and talked to its director, Dave Green, about making camcorder movies when we were kids
  • Naturally liked Life Itself, the Roger Ebert doc, and talked to both Chaz Ebert and director Steve James
  • Did a piece on Mutual Friends, an indie that’s only available online
  • Introduced a new column (actually a revision of the former Blu/DVD column) called You Can’t Watch That on Netflix, this time about Criterion’s new All That Heaven Allows set, and also about things online, like Kevin B. Lee’s awesome Transformers: The Premake
  • Attended the 25th anniversary screening of Do the Right Thing, and wrote about what Spike Lee and cast said there

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  • Did this massive defense for Tom Cruise as a terrific actor we’ve unfairly 
  • Did the above partly because his new film, Edge of Tomrorrow, is the shit
  • Sat through The Fault in Our Stars and it honestly wasn’t terrible
  • Reviewed Obvious Child
  • Did an "indie spotlight" deal so I could write quickie blurbs about Borgman, The Case Against 8 and The Sacrament 
  • Once again talked to Bobcat Goldthwait, about his new found footage horror Willow Creek, and as usual he was awesome
  • Talked to Shep Gordon, the subject of Mike Myers’ documentary Supermensch, which I reviewed here
  • Talked to Judah Friedlander, who has a bit part in Ping Pong Summer but who told me all about his passion for table tennis, a sport at which I am terrible
  • Talked to Marco Bellocchio about his new film Dormant Beauty
  • Wrote about the fourth (!!) cut of Olvier Stone’s Alexander
  • Last week I went to Berlin and I wrote about it at length for a travel piece right here

— Reviewed Neighbors, and talked to stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne
— Reviewed Mom’s Night Out
— Reviewed Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, which is hilarious
— Reviewed Chef
— Reviewed Palo Alto
— Reviewed The Double
— Reviewed God’s Pocket, and talked to director John Slattery
— Reviewed Devil’s Knot, and talked to West Memphis Three member Jason Baldwin
— Reviewed the restoration of Patrice Chéreau’s Queen Margot
— Wrote about Trouble Every Day as part of my Blu/DVD column
— Late, but I posted my piece on Emma Stone

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  • I flipped for JIm Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive
  • And I talked to Tilda
  • And I talked to Steve Coogan, at some length, about Alan Partridge and Alan Partridge
  • On a less happy front, I had to see Rio 2
  • Liked Draft Day just fine, actually
  • Nicolas Cage, as you may have heard, is real fuckin good in David Gordon Green’s Joe, though luckily he’s still crazy
  • Cuban Fury, with a hoofing Nick Frost, is lazy but affable (but lazy) (but affable) [etc.]
  • My Blu-ray/DVD column this week was about Warner Archive’s release of the James Cagney western The Oklahoma Kid, in which I talked a bit about how the majors didn’t make many westerns in the 1930s
  • And unfortunately had to do an obit for Mickey Rooney

I missed last week, so here’s that, too: