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Review: Ruby Sparks, 2012, dir. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

Review: Ruby Sparks, 2012, dir. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris


The follow-up film from Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris is a big step forward from their 2006 indie darling, but the film’s true architect seems to be its screenwriter, Zoe Kazan, telling a story of gender politics and male wish fulfillment in the Match.com era. And it’s pretty great. Continue reading

Review: Beginners, 2011, dir. Mike Mills

Review: Beginners, 2011, dir. Mike Mills


To a point, Beginners is somewhat opaque. The film doesn’t boast a complex narrative– even when it’s operating at full non-linear capacity– but the devices used to serve the story are, occasionally, perplexing. Parts of Beginners occur in the thoughts of its protagonist, Oliver (Ewan McGregor), who in his head contrasts the way the world and people … Continue reading