Where the Wild Things Are

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After many troubled attempts, Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are, has finally made the leap to the big screen.  The story is about Max (Max Records), a lonely kid with an overactive imagination, who runs away after a fight with his single mom.  He travels by boat across the sea to an island, where he encounters the Wild Things.  Max convinces them he is a king, so they won’t eat him, and he eventually bonds with …

A Serious Man

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It’s nearly impossible to describe a Coen Brothers film.  In the case of A Serious Man, it can’t be categorized into any particular film genre. Part drama, part comedy, the film opens with a seemingly unrelated prologue that takes place in 19th century Poland, involving a Jewish man, his wife, and a strange traveler.  From there we meet Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg), a Jewish professor who is raising his family in the suburbs of Minneapolis in the late 1960s.  His wife …

Burn After Reading

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The Coen Brothers have always made interesting films.  Whether they are more character studies or just plain odd, they have ranged from the highly entertaining and absurd (Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski), to serious and impactful (Blood Simple, Miller’s Crossing, Fargo).  Their Oscar-winning film No Country for Old Men was excellent, and so it’s not surprising that they followed it up with a rather goofy adult comedy.  Burn After Reading is like a cross between Fargo and The Big Lebowski, …