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The Elemental Appeal of 'The Choking Game'

A paean to the virtue of arrested development lurks at the core, here, which may be predictable. After all, we’re talking about a Lifetime original movie.

Mike Ward
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'New Girl' Is Going Nowhere

As someone who’s yet to eat whatever ergot is making everyone idolize Zooey Deschanel, my feelings toward her range from indifference to mild anxiety. I don’t want to stare longingly into her half-dollar-sized eyes; I find them unsettling.

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In the Not-Too-Distant Past: 'Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXV'

Joel Hodgson hands the hosting mantle to Mike Nelson for the sober thriller Kitten with a Whip, which nearly brings ignominy to MST3k by verging on being a decent movie.

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Attack of the Giant Innuendo: 'Elvira’s Movie Macabre: Giant Monsters'

Certain times, to wit late on any night or midday Sundays, tended to be captive to the sort of fare Elvira poked fun at, unless you happened to have a taste for infomercials or religious programming.

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Nothing Is As It Memes: 'Safety Not Guaranteed'

Safety Not Guaranteed is a conventional narrative movie, which is ironic since the real-life want ad on which it's based was a joke, a fiction.

Mike Ward
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Graceful Grief: 'Nicole Kidman 4-Film Collection'

If, after taking in Cold Mountain, you’re not yet sick of watching Kidman wield enormous shotguns, she does this plenty more in The Others, where she plays -- you’ll never guess -- a woman trying to hold a household together as she awaits a lover who may or may not be returning from war.

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'Doomsday Preppers': Planning for the End of Times

If you’re a statistically average person, what are your chances of following these people’s lead and successfully preparing for social collapse? Well, pretty long, unless you have quite a few acres of land lying fallow in the country and a couple hundred thousand extra dollars.

Mike Ward
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'Are You There, Chelsea?' Is Missing... Chelsea Handler

Actually showing Chelsea shitfaced probably struck the producers as dropping at least one too many umbrellas into the piña colada of bad taste, so they demurred.

Mike Ward
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WarGames: The Dead Code

This movie has that meandering, free-associative sense of dread familiar to us from watching the real-life fiasco of the last few years.

Mike Ward
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Godzilla: The Biggest Blockbuster

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Godzilla: The Biggest Blockbuster

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Godzilla: The Biggest Blockbuster

Mike Ward
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Godzilla: The Biggest Blockbuster

This summer's blockbusters got nothin' over the biggest, beastiest blockbuster of all...

Mike Ward
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Idiocracy (2006)

A brilliantly conceived, but fitfully executed comedy about how bad things are likely to get if we keep going where we're going.

Mike Ward
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Dreaming Out Loud: Robert Altman at the IFC Center

Robert Altman's films often reveal in dreams the strangeness of being alive. This more than anything sums up the timeless greatness of Altman at his best, and starts to convey what’s lost when cinema is thought of as commodity rather than art.

Mike Ward
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Happy Feet (2006)

The penguins learn to refine their engrained vocal skills not in the interest of spiritual uplift or any such, but, basically, to get laid.

Mike Ward
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9/11: Press For Truth (2006)

In place of an easily grasped universe of absolutes, one must struggle to understand a maze of shifting geopolitical allegiances and ethical compromises.

Mike Ward
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The Path to 9/11

The motives and actions of the heroes transcend reproach; the bad guys are so inscrutably evil, they come across as the beady-eyed mole people in B-grade science fiction movies.

Mike Ward
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Flying Nun: The Complete Second Season

Mary Poppins had nothing over Sister Bertrille.

Mike Ward
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