About Jim Rutherford

I am a projectionist in the UCLA Film and TV Department, and I have been watching movies for as long as I can remember. Some of my favorite directors are Stanley Kubrick, Chuck Jones, Alejandro Jordorowsky, Richard Lester, and John Milius.

Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 73: This is the End, Solomon Kane, Despicable Me 2, and The Way Way Back

6 ‘n 90!  Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds.

This is the End.  If you’re looking for a funny, clever film about Armageddon, forget what Jim Morrison said.  This is the End is definitely not your friend.

Solomon Kane.  Finally someone has managed to do justice to Robert E. Howard’s vision and put it up on the movie screen.  Surprisingly, it’s not Conan but Solomon Kane.

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Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 72: White House Down, World War Z, and The Lone Ranger

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6 ‘n 90!  Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds.

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White House Down.  Once you’ve said Channing Tatum’s acting is the best thing in a movie, you’ve pretty much said all you need to know about a film.

World War Z.  While most summer blockbusters have a 2 or 3 after their titles and are walking dead versions of a one-time original story or character, World War Z actually manages to breathe new life into the expiring zombie genre.

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Cinema Misfits Podcast: Bonus 85th Academy Awards Episode

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Spoiler alert:  Daniel Day-Lewis wins the Oscar for Best Actor.  Almost as shocking–the Misfits actually enjoy the Oscar telecast.  This show has something for every Misfit: crude humor for Da Man, singing and dancing for Nancy, Bond for Lou, and sock puppets for Jim.

Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 65: Anna Karenina, Zero Dark Thirty, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Les Miserables

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6 ‘n 90!  Da Man Reviews six films in ninety seconds.

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Anna Karenina.  All the world’s a stage, at lest it is in this adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s famous novel.

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Zero Dark Thirty.  The title is a military term for thirty minutes after midnight.  Why is this important?  If you go to an eight o’clock show, the movie is so long that you might not get out until Zero Dark Thirty.

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Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 64: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Jack Reacher, Hitchcock, and Django Unchained

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6 ‘n 90!  Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  The only thing unexpected about this journey is that it’s two films longer than it needs to be.

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Jack Reacher.  Spoiler alert.  He never changes, is always right, never gets hurt, and always wins.  How’s that for a character arc?

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Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 63: Hyde Park on Hudson, Killing Them Softly, Silver Linings Playbook, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and Oscar Nominations

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6 ‘n 90!  Da Man Reviews six films in ninety seconds.

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Hyde Park on Hudson.  One thing’s for sure, “Happy days” are definitely not “here again.”

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Killing Them Softly.  Instead of saying, “he sleeps with the fishes,”  it might be better to say, “he sleeps with the audience,” which is how you’d describe someone who’d been bored to death.  Killings don’t get any softer.

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Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 62: Cloud Atlas, Lincoln, Life of Pi, Flight, and The Sessions

6 ‘n 90!  Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds.

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Cloud Atlas.  Take six of Tom Hanks’ worst films, place them in different time periods, watch them all at the same time, and that’s sort of what Cloud  Atlas is like.

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Lincoln.  It’s Steven Spielberg’s big screen version of “Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.”  Lucky for Spielberg, he’s got Daniel Day-Lewis instead of an animatronic robot.

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