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The Sitter (2011) -vs- Adventures in Babysitting (1987)

December 8, 2011 Sarah Harding 3

It’s hard work being a babysitter in Hollywood. Instead of settling the kids down for a night of movies and TV dinners, you’re more likely to be stalked by a sadistic killer (Halloween), have a heart attack (Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead), endure increasingly threatening phone calls (When a Stranger Calls) or find yourself trying to rescue your charge from the Goblin King (Labyrinth). […]

J. Edgar (2011) -vs- Hoffa (1992)

November 10, 2011 Sarah Harding 1

Jimmy Hoffa is arguably the most famous trade unionist in American history and for 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was one of the most powerful men in the country. Both Hoover and Hoffa were iconic, controversial figures — at once hero and villain, both revered and reviled. […]

Adventureland (2009) -vs- Waiting (2005)

April 7, 2009 Sarah Harding 0

The crappy post-college job is a rite of passage. It builds character, teaches you humility and better prepares you for “the real world.” Or at least that’s what I’ve been told. Currently stuck in that listless limbo between past collegiate freedom and looming “adulthood” I sympathize with the main characters of “Adventureland” and “Waiting,” who struggle to find their own unique places in the supposedly grown-up world. Though the trials and triumphs of directionless twenty-somethings is hardly constitutes new cinematic ground, both films attempt to make their mark on the well-worn genre. It’s slacker versus slacker, and there can only be one winner.

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