Joel Karpowitz

Joel Karpowitz

High school English and film teacher.

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  • Playing It Cool

    Playing It Cool

    ★★★

    My wife liked it. I enjoyed it enough, though the voiceover and little fantasy scenes were pretty lame. Still, it made me chuckle a couple times.

  • Band of Outsiders

    Band of Outsiders

    ★★★

    There are moments that I love. Especially the minute of silence and the song and dance routine at the cafe. Ok the whole, interesting, but hard to sit through a second time. I can see how it made such an impact though.

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    It's been too long since I've recorded a movie review--in part because I've been busy, yes, but mostly because I feel overwhelmed approaching the monumental task of writing about Kubrick's 1968 masterpiece 2001. How do I say anything meaningful about a film that literally left me breathless and overwhelmed and lost and moved and confused and deep, deep in thought? It is a film that to me is everything everyone said it was, and still somehow more.

    First off, I…

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Well this was not at all what I expected. I think it was better on pretty much every level (though I do want to buy it on blu-ray to get a better look at the visuals, which were already rich). More complex, evanescent, and emotionally demanding than I thought it would be, while also richer in theme and scope. This may be moving up into my top ten films (after a second or third watch) but it's already on my…