Posts by Tess Thormodsgaard

Tess Thormodsgaard

About The Author

Tess Thormodsgaard graduated from Berkeley with a BA in Film and English. She works in advertising, watches too much TV, and is a restaurant aficionado.
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Movie Review: ‘City of Gold’

The documentary "City of Gold" explores Los Angeles from Jonathan Gold's point of view and the impact he has had on the city of L.A.

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Movie Review: ‘Very Semi-Serious’

"Very Semi-Serious" takes you into the world of The New Yorker cartoonists, and as expected for a movie about cartoons, the documentary is really funny.

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Movie Review: Mr. Holmes

"Mr. Holmes" is not the typical Sherlock Holmes story we are used to, but it's engaging nonetheless. Read our review...

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Review: Wild Card

Jason Statham stars in "Wild Card," the action-packed movie full of stereotypically awesome Statham. Watch out bad guys, Nicky is the man who will kill you without a gun.

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Review: A Five Star Life

Travel (vicariously) in luxury while watching, "A Five Star Life." Step into the shoes of Irene, an Italian, middle-aged, hotel critic and find out if life is as glamorous as it seems.

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Review: ‘Tasting Menu’

Roger Gaul’s Tasting Menu is a delightful film that takes place on one special night at a restaurant in Spain’s Costa Brava.

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Review: ‘The Lunchbox’

Ritesh Batra’s "The Lunchbox" is a story that comes about from an almost unheard of mistake made by a Dabbawallahs' delivering the wrong lunchbox, bringing together two lonely people through letters and lunch.

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Review: ‘Austenland’

Austenland, a film by Jerusha Hess and based on the novel by Shannon Hale, is a satire of Jane Austen pop films while at the same time being a Jane Austen pop film.

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Review: ‘Somm’

Follow four young sommeliers on their journey to taking their Master Sommelier exam - one of the hardest tests out there - in "Somm," this feature documentary.

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Review: ‘Free Samples’

Tess Minsky unpacks this slow-moving, low-key film.

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Parks and Recreation: Are You Better Off?

Who’s pregnant? Will Tom sell Rent-a-Swag? And will the people of Pawnee recall Leslie Knope?

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Parks and Recreation: Swing Vote

Leslie goes head to head with Ron for the battle over Jamm's swing vote to save Pawnee's mini-golf course.

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Review: ‘In the House’

François Ozon's In The House explores the relationship between teacher and student and blurs the lines between reality, imagination in the framework of art, stories, and film.

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Parks and Recreation: Animal Control

Leslie, Chris and April are on a mission to figure out what to do with the Animal Control department; Ben, Andy and Tom try to get money for Sweetums' charity; and Ann helps Ron through his sickness.

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Parks and Recreation: Partridge

Jamm gets Jammed by the Parks and Rec gang, Ben and Leslie head back to Ben's hometown Partridge to accept a key to the city, and Chris and Ann work through compatibility issues.

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