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Benchwarmers (2006)

The second in our series of underrated masterworks is Benchwarmers. Why critics hate: Benchwarmers. Reminds them of their own lack of skill at sports.  And, rather than gaining the skill to win a game through some crazy routine, they kind of stay mediocre.  Ouch.  As the film title says “reality bites.” Rather than getting revenge, […]

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Why I don’t review short films

Hi Vasco – thanks for sending me your review. I deliberately chose mediocre films, because that’s more of a challenge than describing excellence. While your review was fun to read, and very well written (actually the best of all the submissions), its tone was far too negative, to the point of sourness, for what I […]

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Apocalypse Now Redux: review

Walter Murch, yes the Walter Murch, travelled all the way to Aberystwyth to take questions on his film, Apocalypse Now. Okay, so Murch was only the sound stylist, right? An editor, not a director, star, screenwriter or even a producer. Producers take home the best picture award, directors get to be thought of the auteur, […]

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How to send a rejection

We all receive rejections from time to time.  Perhaps there are some masochists who enjoy the experience, but I’m not one of them. To add insult to injury, a few people feel the need to give mountains of unsolicited feedback in their rejection letters.  Others are terse, with annoying cliches like “you’re not a good fit.” […]

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Review: WPR rebuttal

“SenatorJPO” appeared to be going places.  He was an honours student at Wisconsin’s finest Universities, with a BA and MA to his name.  Then he graduated and appeared to be lost in the reality of underemployment. He’s now taking on the educational establishment, as well as public radio, with his own public service radio show.  For […]

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“A short course of nothing” review of “Las Maestras de la República”

I hate to start a review with a spoiler, but knowing your history is always a spoiler.  And, if you don’t know your history, historical films often lack interest. Spain was backward during Franco’s dictatorship, just as fundamentalists in the middle east are making their own countries backward.  Much of Europe only truly emerged from […]

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