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Telluride 37: 15 reviews in 2000 words!

Posted in Festival/Event, JAGP, Review with tags , , , , , on September 8, 2010 by Jared Parmenter

I’ve just returned from the 37th annual Telluride Film Festival, held high in the Colorado mountains Sept 3-6th, and damn it was another good year.  As a volunteer usher at the Chuck Jones Cinema for the third year in a row, I once again had a backstage pass to see some of the larger films that premiered and screened at the fest; in this post I’ll give ultrashort reviews of every film I saw, and try to recount a bit of the experience of being there as well, with links updated to more substantial reviews as I write them.  Continue reading

Rob Thomas Getting Another Chance at “Party Down”?

Posted in JAGP, TV (Prime-time) with tags , , , , on August 26, 2010 by Jared Parmenter

Rejoice, Tim!  /Film is reporting that Veronica Mars and Party Down creator Rob Thomas creator is moving to NBC with a new TV project dubbed “Temps.”  It’s revolves around the lives of recent college grads, struggling to find livelihoods in the post-bust economy (a subject I have a special affinity for) and the hilarious, deadpan hijinks that will certainly ensue.

Currently, the pilot has been greenlight by NBC and is in production.  Hopefully, the wider audience, national attention, and critical success of his previous projects will catapult “Temps” into new territory for Thomas – although, as /Film points out, the change from Starz to the more lowest-common-denominator-pandering NBC likely means the rehash will have to lose some of its ascerbic wit… and maybe some of the family-unfriendly drug use.  Let’s hope the ratings meet the acclaim at least halfway, this time around.

Kick-Ass: Should have been titled “Lick-Cock”

Posted in JAGP, Review with tags , on April 24, 2010 by Jared Parmenter

Yep, this is a movie about penises.  No matter what lengths the director goes to misdirect the audience with all the banality (read: derivative, Lifetime-appropriated teenage life narratives), the whole thing boils down to a disappointingly simplistic, pubescent fantasy.  Yes: that’s bold, italics, AND underlines you see there.
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RIP “At the Movies”

Posted in Ruminations and Dedications with tags , , , on March 25, 2010 by Jared Parmenter

Well, it’s finally happened.  After 35 years of popularizing film criticism, Siskel & Ebert’s landmark series “At The Movies” will air its last show August 14th, 2010.  We give this decision a big Four-Thumbs Down.
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Children of Invention: A Stunning Debut

Posted in JAGP, Review with tags , , on March 19, 2010 by Jared Parmenter

In his first feature film, director Tze Chun weaves a powerful, understated tale about a small Chinese family’s struggles to survive and prosper in suburban Boston. With a keen photographic eye, a provocative script, and a gentle directorial touch, Children of Invention flows effortlessly from hilarious to heartbreaking, and packs a subtle political message about the American Dream that will linger long after its 86 minutes have flown by.
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Oscar season is here!

Posted in Festival/Event with tags , on March 6, 2010 by Jared Parmenter

Ever since Titanic swept the 70th Academy Awards in 1998, I have held very, very little faith in the Oscars. At 16, the injustice of such a trashy, poorly-acted, poorly-written teenage-cryfest of a movie winning out over the obviously far more artistic L.A. Confidential, struck me like a revolting brick to the face, and I remember annoucing to my family, “These awards must be rigged. This is bullshit, and I’m never going to watch these again.”
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Legion: When the Apocalypse Comes, at Least This Movie Will Be Destroyed, Too.

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on January 30, 2010 by Jared Parmenter

Not only is Legion by far the worst movie of the budding new year, it is the most morally reprehensible film of the decade, and quite possibly of my lifetime. Was I the only one expecting the filmmakers to subvert expectations and make a film about shooting Angels with guns somewhat conscientious by the end?
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