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Malone’s Movie Minute : The Avengers »

Alicia looks into a camera and gushes about blockbuster

SXSW : Seeking Asian Female »

A review of the film plus an interview with director Debbie Lum

SxSW Preview: <I>Written in Ink</I>
25 Feb
2012
Written by Adam Frazier

SxSW Preview: Written in Ink »

director Martin Rath’s film has been praised for its ability to expose the deepest recesses of the human soul

The Cynical Optimist is no fan of Rick McCallum »

And this week’s reviews include “Chronicle” & “The Grey”

The Cynical Optimist : The Problem with Hollywood… »

Countless sequels, remakes and torturous exercises in 3D technology

Cynical Optimist : What’s better, <i>Breaking Bad</i> or <i>Sons of Anarchy</i>?
3 Jan
2012
Written by Adam Frazier

Cynical Optimist : What’s better, Breaking Bad or Sons of Anarchy? »

Both pose moral questions

The Cynical Optimist’s Top 10 Films of 2011 »

Spielberg, Payne, Malick, Scorsese, Hazanavicius and more!

Bellflower
18 Dec
2011
Written by Adam Frazier

Bellflower »

Has an incredibly different feel to it than other films

The Cynical Optimist accepts a <i>Mission : Impossible</i> from Brad Bird
18 Dec
2011
Written by Adam Frazier

The Cynical Optimist accepts a Mission : Impossible from Brad Bird »

“Has everything a great action flick should”

The Cynical Optimist spares some ink to get a <i>Tattoo</i> redone
13 Dec
2011
Written by Adam Frazier

The Cynical Optimist spares some ink to get a Tattoo redone »

One man’s feelings on One man’s remake

The Cynical Optimist’s Top 100 films
12 Dec
2011
Written by Adam Frazier

The Cynical Optimist’s Top 100 films »

Chestbusters, Ghostbusters, Chainsaw Massacres, Ewoks, Replicants

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
5 Dec
2011
Written by Adam Frazier

Rise of the Planet of the Apes »

The film will win Oscars for its visual effects, which may have raised the bar higher than even Cameron’s “Avatar.”

The Cynical Optimist just saw a Great <i>Muppets</i> Caper!
26 Nov
2011
Written by Adam Frazier

The Cynical Optimist just saw a Great Muppets Caper! »

No need to return to Oz, Disney

Take Shelter
22 Nov
2011
Written by Adam Frazier

Take Shelter »

Michael Shannon gives a soul-stirring performance

The Cynical Optimist is back with a look at two newies : <i>Martha Marcy Mae Marlene</i> and <i>Like Crazy</i>
19 Nov
2011
Written by Adam Frazier

The Cynical Optimist is back with a look at two newies : Martha Marcy Mae Marlene and Like Crazy »

It’s a classy week for The Fraze

The Cynical Optimist says <i>The Thing</i> is a satisfying prequel
15 Oct
2011
Written by Adam Frazier

The Cynical Optimist says The Thing is a satisfying prequel »

A competent horror film in 2011? What!?

The Cynical Optimist bends <i>Real Steel</i>
8 Oct
2011
Written by Adam Frazier

The Cynical Optimist bends Real Steel »

The “Citizen Kane” of fighting robot movies!

The Cynical Optimist digs up the original two-page outline for <i>Star Wars</i>
15 Sep
2011
Written by Adam Frazier

The Cynical Optimist digs up the original two-page outline for Star Wars »

“Journal of the Whills” featuring Mace Windy and Han Dardell

The Cynical Optimist : <i>Star Wars</i> is Dead!
6 Sep
2011
Written by Adam Frazier

The Cynical Optimist : Star Wars is Dead! »

Why the originals are now as bad as the prequels

Fright Night
30 Aug
2011
Written by Adam Frazier

Fright Night »

A derivative, unnecessary addition to pop culture’s current obsession with vampires

The Cynical Optimist hates the new <i>Fright Night</i>
20 Aug
2011
Written by Adam Frazier

The Cynical Optimist hates the new Fright Night »

It’s just ‘shit flying in your face’

Cynical Optimist : <i>The Help</i> and <i>The Change-Up</i>
11 Aug
2011
Written by Adam Frazier

Cynical Optimist : The Help and The Change-Up »

One’s great, the other is awful

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