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Film Reviews Recap – January 2012

My relationship with film this year has started in earnest. After a lackluster month of December in which I watched very few films, I decided to play catch-up and, at the same time, aim for some of the quality films I missed last year, with only a couple of exceptions and a few repeats.

Following is a list of all the films I have watched so far this year. I have written a small review for each film, with the exception of those I have already analyzed on this blog:

50/50 ( Jonathan Levine – 2011)

A well-written, efficient and heartfelt film about overcoming adversity and deepening relationships with the ones you love. A very compelling Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars alongside Seth Rogen playing his usual self with a bit more restrain and depth in a film that needed some of his warm comic relief.
50/50 handsomely balances comedy with drama, giving more room to the former until the final few scenes unfold.
I would have still liked a film that was a bit more personal and less lighthearted, yet still infused with some of the comedy that made it work so well.

Rating: 3.5/5 (good)

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Film review: Terri (2011)

Director: Azazel Jacobs

Cast: John C. Reilly (Mr. Fitzgerald), Jacob Wisocki (Terri), Bridger Zadina (Chad), Olivia Crocichia (Heather)

With “Terri” I begin a whole new approach to my film reviews. I will no longer have the “1-minute reviews” posts if the movies at hand are worth analyzing more fully and in response to the often incomplete and insatisfactory nature of my recent shorter reviews.

With that in mind, lets go back to today’s review.

“Terri” is a cute little film that follows a High School teenager that bears the name of the movie’s title. Terri is overweight, some would say obese, a fact that makes him the target of bullies and the source of some of his insecurities. No less important to his predicament is that Terri lives alone with his uncle, an old man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease who is not fully capable of raising a troubled teenager.

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