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davidehrlich has written 240 reviews for films during 2013.

  • Some Girl(s)

    Some Girl(s)

    ★★

    standard issue LaBute in regards to gender dynamics and how their reversals are mirrored by the structure of the piece, but i suppose there's still some relish in seeing how thoroughly he can debase his leads... the "nice guy" type may not survive this film. but, as always, LaBute is only interested in blame so far as he can obfuscate it or turn it on its head.

  • UnHung Hero

    UnHung Hero

    ★½

    i've always grown up with one simple rule: if you're gonna make a documentary about your problems with your penis, you need to make a GOOD documentary about your problems with your penis.

  • Remember the Night

    Remember the Night

    ★★★

    "that gag's so old it's got whiskers!"

    a Stanwyck Christmas! primordial romantic comedy may have gutted Preston Sturges' first screenplay, but that unique wit bulldozes a way through all the same. the frothy plot (think THE PROPOSAL with a criminal twist) is good fun, Stanwyck & MacMurray do their thing, and the supporting cast is strong when not racist in a way typical of the time.

    the court scene in the beginning is brilliant, those dark midwest studio skies are colder…

  • Giant

    Giant

    ★★★★

    who ever thought a movie called GIANT would be so long?

    Stevens is my kind of filmmaker. Liz Taylor shrouded in darkness during her pivotal tiff with Rock Hudson, the long-take of Jamws Dean climbing his newly bequeathed wind turbine, the wide shot of James Dean's final screen moment, broken and alone...

    less interested in this as A BIG AMERICAN EPIC than i am in its sweep and pull (if THERE WILL BE BLOOD doesn't negate the former reading, it…

  • 47 Ronin

    47 Ronin

    ½

    Possibly the second-worst thing to happen to Japan so far this century, “47 Ronin” is at once both a miserable movie and an extraordinary monument to how miserable the movie industry can be. An inherently problematic attempt to graft a gaijin savior onto the most famous episode of Japanese folklore, this latest example of Chushingura has been a notoriously troubled project from the beginning, when Universal provided director Carl Erik Rinsch with an absurd budget of $175 million for his…

  • A Place in the Sun

    A Place in the Sun

    ★★★★★

    "Seems like we always spend the best part of our time just saying goodbye."

    don't believe your own press.

    the deep-focus shot in which montgomery clift first sees elizabeth taylor is pretty much the movies, more or less. not that i feel compelled to get it tattooed on the side of my shaved head, or anything.

  • Maidentrip

    Maidentrip

    ★★★½

    imagine if Life of Pi was a really great documentary. about Jennifer Lawrence. and the tiger was puberty.

    more to come when this one hits in january, but this has a real CUTIE & THE BOXER of 2014 vibe, in terms of aesthetic appeal, anticipated critical reaction, and inability to make waves. <--- strong pun, guys. could have used better context, but so it goes.

  • Don Jon

    Don Jon

    My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My boys. My girls. My porn.My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My boys. My girls. My porn.My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My boys. My girls. My porn.My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My boys. My girls. My porn.My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My boys. My girls. My porn.My body. My pad. My…

  • Coffee and Cigarettes

    Coffee and Cigarettes

    ★★★★

    3 stars for the first few middling segments, but everything from twin (cousin) Blanchetts through Jack White's Tesla Coil, THE PERFECT segment with Molina and Coogan ("And I want... you to love me"), the absurdist bit with Billy Murray and RZA /GZA, and that heartbreaking final coffee break is all 5-star A+ would see again and again and again (and with some of these i have) stuff.

  • The Limits of Control

    The Limits of Control

    ★★½

    “among us, there are those who are not among us.”

    some errant thoughts:

    - Tilda Swinton is a stone cold fox in this one. not earthy or primal or whatever elemental adjectives are typically used to describe her.

    - you will never anything as much as Paz de la Huerta hates clothes.

    - wish Jarmusch hadn't been so quick to splice during the last shot when Christopher Doyle drops the camera to his shoulder.

    - is THE COUNSELOR the LIMITS…

  • The King of Comedy

    The King of Comedy

    ★★★½

    but seriously, how long has Jerry Langford been tied up in Jay Leno's basement? ...someone really ought to go check on him.

  • Locke

    Locke

    embargoat.