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After the Campaign: Tiny Furniture

Finally, almost five years after it came out, I’ve watched Tiny Furniture. While I’m certainly aware of star/writer/director Lena Dunham I have to admit I’ve never watched an episode of “Girls” and am largely familiar with her work only by reputation. In the movie Dunham plays Aura, a young woman who’s just graduated college and… Continue reading After the Campaign: Tiny Furniture

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After the Campaign: Knight of Cups

I can’t adequately describe the story of Knight of Cups, the 2015 Terrence Malick feature starring Christian Bale, so allow me to simply copy the synopsis from IMDb: A writer indulging in all that Los Angeles and Las Vegas has to offer undertakes a search for love and self via a series of adventures with… Continue reading After the Campaign: Knight of Cups

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After the Campaign: Touched With Fire

Touched With Fire didn’t get a huge campaign when it was being released a little over a year ago. But that limited campaign did do a pretty good job of conveying the core value proposition of the movie. Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby play a pair of bipolar patients who meet when they’re each committed… Continue reading After the Campaign: Touched With Fire

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After the Campaign: The Dressmaker

When I reviewed the campaign for The Dressmaker I thought the movie looked more or less alright. But I also felt there was something missing from the marketing that was important to the movie as a whole. Kate Winslet stars as Tilly Dunnage, a woman who returns to her small Australian village after years of… Continue reading After the Campaign: The Dressmaker

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After the Campaign: The Neon Demon

When The Neon Demon was being sold the focus was on the look and feel of the movie coming from writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn. The movie delivers on that, offering a fever dream of a story that’s heavy on style and light on substance. The story follows Jesse (Elle Fanning), a young ingenue who’s new… Continue reading After the Campaign: The Neon Demon

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After the Campaign: Mr. Church

The campaign for Mr. Church focused on how star Eddie Murphy, in the title role, was returning to film after an absence of several years. That emphasis isn’t fully realized in the finished movie. The story is focused on Henry Church, a man who’s hired to come in and cook clean for a woman who’s… Continue reading After the Campaign: Mr. Church

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After the Campaign: Anomalisa

Anomalisa is not an easy movie to watch. Well...it is easy to watch but it’s not easy to fully comprehend. That made it a particularly hard movie to sell to all but the most hardcore film festival-type audience. The story follows Michael (voiced by David Thewlis), an expert in customer service training who’s flying to… Continue reading After the Campaign: Anomalisa

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After the Campaign: Miss You Already

When Miss You Already was being sold to the audience back in November of 2015 the studio seemed to be specifically targeting 30- or 40-something females with a story of lifelong friendship that endures even through the harshest downs life can throw at someone. The reality is a bit different, though. In the movie Drew… Continue reading After the Campaign: Miss You Already

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After the Campaign: Miss Stevens

Miss Stevens got a small but charming campaign late last year that emphasized star Lily Rabe in the title role. The promise to the audience was that we would follow Miss Stevens in a low-key and charming story about growing up, whether that means you’re 18 or 29. The story follows Stevens as she chaperones… Continue reading After the Campaign: Miss Stevens

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After the Campaign: Girl Asleep

The Australian import Girl Asleep didn’t receive a huge campaign, at least not here in the U.S. And what there was seemed intent on selling it as being spiritually akin to Wes Anderson’s tone and style, albeit with more of a fantasy twist. Unfortunately there’s not much more to it than that. Bethany Whitmore plays… Continue reading After the Campaign: Girl Asleep