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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson
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The State Within (2006)

"A riveting BBC political thriller offering one of the most trenchant explorations yet of the sick symbiosis between big government and big business." Flick Filosopher
Posted Jul 9, 2014
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"[R]evisiting [the series] all at once offers an eye-opening overview not only of Mirren's work as the now iconic Jane Tennison, but also of how the depiction of women cops has changed in two decades." Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 13, 2010
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"Watching this show again today is to see the fears of the past made real in our present today. Max is even more hugely discomforting now than it was once upon a time." Flick Filosopher
Posted Aug 18, 2010
94%

La Nana (The Maid) (2009)

"[N]ot just brutally sad: it's also surprisingly hopeful, and wonderfully unpredictable, and simply lovely..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Jun 17, 2010
83%

Collapse (2009)

"Is Ruppert a conspiracy theorist?... [H]e's chillingly plausible as he synthesizes, in 82 clipped minutes, a portrait of industrialized civilization on the brink of collapse." Flick Filosopher
Posted Jun 15, 2010
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"[P]erhaps this is merely a brand of Canadian passive-aggression that's more agreeable than the American stripe. Perhaps we should call it passive-agreeableness..." Flick Filosopher
Posted May 11, 2010
61%

Men with Brooms (2002)

"This is suitable for desperate Paul Gross fans, because the man is a god, even in extremely silly movies like this one." Flick Filosopher
Posted Mar 3, 2010
90%

Hunger (2009)

"[A] hard, harsh film, a triumph of the new realism that is transforming British film at the moment..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Feb 16, 2010
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"So, the Cylons are basically spoiled teenaged girls. Actually, that kinda makes sense." Flick Filosopher
Posted Jan 24, 2010
56%

Streamers (1983)

"It's almost impossible to watch this... with the mindset of the time in which it was created. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Jan 12, 2010
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Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009)

"[S]till sorta fun anyway, even if it doesn't actually delve into the planny plannishness of the Cylons: as an ultimate clip episode, as a very fan-fiction-y look at events of the series from a new perspective..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Jan 10, 2010
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"As pure drama, these are still fascinating to watch, especially to see the early work of some now very famous names. But as a look at what TV was doing half a century ago, it's riveting." Flick Filosopher
Posted Nov 23, 2009
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"I could have used more of this show about death that's full of life, more of the genre-busting, wordplay-playing black comedy/romance/mystery/cooking show about learning how to love a rainy day." ‐Film.com
Posted Jul 28, 2009
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"[M]ight be the best TV series ever..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Jul 27, 2009
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Apollo 11: A Night To Remember (2006)

"[T]he British-eye view on the momentous lunar mission, combining rare archival news footage from the BBC with 40-year-old tutorials from BBC science reporter James Burke..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Jul 22, 2009
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Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood (2009)

"[A]ppropriately bleak and rife with animated horrors even more powerful than they were in the still illustrations of the graphic novel..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Apr 10, 2009
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Lie to Me (Fling) (2008)

"Poor Brandon Routh. He caught the Superman curse..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Apr 6, 2009
59%

Flash of Genius (2008)

"Kinnear's hauntedness reminds us how sadly infrequently he gets to show off his deeply intriguing dramatic chops." Flick Filosopher
Posted Mar 22, 2009
55%

Battle in Seattle (2008)

"I've never been much impressed with Stuart Townsend as an actor, but with Battle in Seattle, his first film as writer-director-producer, I have enormous new respect for him as an artist and storyteller." Flick Filosopher
Posted Mar 18, 2009
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Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic (2009)

"[D]oes indeed look very much like the graphic novel, but I don't see any reason to watch this on a TV when it's a much more pleasurable and rewarding experience to read it for myself..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Mar 5, 2009
37%

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)

"Pegg is one of those actors about whom I can say things like, 'He's so funny, I would listen to him reading from the phone book,' and mean it." Flick Filosopher
Posted Feb 25, 2009
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The Beiderbecke Affair (1985)

"[D]isappointingly dull..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Feb 7, 2009
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Dutch Junkies (2007)

"[T]wo just-under-feature-length documentaries about the face of modern addiction..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Feb 2, 2009
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Children of the Stones (1977)

"This intensely creepy show is what made an entire generation of British kids the grown-up geeks they are today." Flick Filosopher
Posted Jan 27, 2009
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"[G]rounded and realistic and tough..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Jan 26, 2009
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"[S]he loves money and she loves sex. So, on to the titillation, right? Er, not so much..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Jan 21, 2009
11%

An American Carol (2008)

"Oh dear. Oh oh oh dear. It's so much worse than I could have imagined." Flick Filosopher
Posted Jan 18, 2009
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Operation Valkyrie: The Plot to Kill Hitler (2008)

"[F]ans of the Singer film will appreciate... the much deeper background on Stauffenberg than that other film offers..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Jan 18, 2009
49%

Towelhead (2007)

"[T]hat extreme rarity of American film: a movie that is about a teenage girl's fumblings through the confusions of early adolescence..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Jan 7, 2009
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Kidulthood (2008)

"[A] brutal, shocking, at times downright revolting film about kids who are, almost to a one, apparently soulless, either deadened to the emptiness of their lives or actively embracing the deadness..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Dec 15, 2008
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"[A]s slices of TV history go, this first ambitious collection of just one year of Wagon Train is a wonder." Flick Filosopher
Posted Dec 8, 2008
95%

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2005)

"There are villains -- hawks! -- and romance -- Sophie and Picasso are the literal lovebirds -- and comedy, and the obvious friendship and familial spirit of the birds is... infectious..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Dec 7, 2008
39%

Young People Fucking (Y.P.F.) (2007)

"If this is meant to be representative of 'modern relationships,' count me out." Flick Filosopher
Posted Nov 29, 2008
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Sally Lockhart Mysteries - Shadow in the North (2007)

"Billie Piper is even more spectacularly confident in her second outing as the young woman now daring enough to set herself up in the City, London's financial center, as a consultant..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Nov 29, 2008
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Sunday School Musical (2008)

"Oh, for shame! How Christian is theft? Not very -- isn't one of their Big Rules against it?... [T]his direct-to-DVD flick is a bald-faced attempt to latch onto the phenom that is High School Musical..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Nov 29, 2008
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Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest (2007)

"[W]hat makes what is essentially a children's show appeal to adults is the subtext. Take that... out of the equation, and it suddenly becomes screamingly clear that, yup, Doctor Who really is a kiddie show." Flick Filosopher
Posted Nov 21, 2008
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"There's so much stuff in it, so much beyond just the episodes, that my fangirl gland is overheating." Flick Filosopher
Posted Nov 18, 2008
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"It's a bit preposterous, actually... but that's what makes it so much fun: here's a show about a female cop that's just as ridiculous as the ones about the guys have always been." Flick Filosopher
Posted Nov 13, 2008
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"[A] bit of a mixed bag: some work better than others..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Nov 5, 2008
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"The collectible tin encasing the DVDs and the accompanying Crow figurine and funny fake movie lobby cards are nice, but that isn't what an anniversary set should be about." Flick Filosopher
Posted Nov 5, 2008
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"Creatures from the past -- and the future -- hunting down poor puny humans in modern-day Great Britain while cute brainy scientists try to stop them! Good times, good times." Flick Filosopher
Posted Nov 4, 2008
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Fanny Hill (2007)

"[I]f you're looking for something pornographic in this BBC adaptation of the novel, forget it, mister. You might just get a lesson in female backbone and autonomy, though." Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 28, 2008
30%

War, Inc. (2008)

"[W]eary with its own irony..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 27, 2008
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Mobile (2007)

"[A] wild, outrageous ride through the conspiracy theories of the moment, wrapped in a paranoid, blow-'em-up, all-stops-out thriller..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Oct 8, 2008
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"[W]e like these Torchwood people... even when we don't like them, which is pretty frequently, actually, because they're often not very likable..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Sep 16, 2008
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"Is this the most adorable show ever, or what?... nine episodes of sweet-and-snarky perfection..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Sep 16, 2008
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Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour (2007)

"[H]onestly, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo and the gang got into spookier situations than this." Flick Filosopher
Posted Sep 9, 2008
62%

Monster Camp: The Story of NERO Seattle (2008)

"[Picks] up on whatever is in the zeitgeist that makes us suddenly fascinated by grownups... who dress up in pseudo medieval garb, pick up fake swords and maces, and beat the hitpoints out of one another. You know, for fun." Flick Filosopher
Posted Sep 5, 2008
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"[I]nteresting... for the sense you can gather, in the subtext of the bonus materials, of a series that became a victim of outside circumstances as well as its own success." Flick Filosopher
Posted Sep 4, 2008
86%

When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan (2007)

"[P]rimarily a catalogue of performances, and they are magnificent..." Flick Filosopher
Posted Aug 28, 2008
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