MrWeintraub

Film studies teacher at Newton South High School in Newton, MA.

Favorite films

  • Punishment Park
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  • Medium Cool
  • Bigger Than Life

Recent likes

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  • The Battle of Algiers
  • Leviathan
  • Body Double

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  • Blue Jasmine

    Blue Jasmine

    ★★½

    Oh Blue Jasmine. How I want to love you!

    But I can't. Because you're a fake. And I'm not giving this movie a backhanded compliment, as in, the movie's as fake as its protagonist. That would be giving it too much credit, and I am not among the critical masses hyperbolizing about this middling, artificial, and stunted little movie.

    Allen's characters feel like literary tropes, faded archetypes whose irrelevance in a contemporary milieu awkwardly shades the entire film. You could…

  • High and Low

    High and Low

    ★★★★★

    Is this the greatest of all ransom thrillers?

    Is this the most satisfying, most intelligent, most morally complex, most surprising, most shocking of Kurosawa's contemporary-set dramas?

    Is this the film that I will show to my students to demonstrate the way that STORY form can establish, develop, and emphasize THEMATIC value?

    Yup.

    Can't wait to see what my students think!

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  • Upstream Color

    Upstream Color

    Ok ok ok. I know. This one's got some ardent, passionate fans. They deserve to be enthusiastic, even if I don't share their devotion. It is thus with a note of humility and caution that I approach this review.

    First off, this movie IS valuable because it helps us ask a very important question about movies and narrative. That question is: what differentiates between a willfully obscure narrative and witlessly obscure one? That is, how can we tell the difference…