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I Melt With You (2011)

“I Melt With You” feels like the mid-life rights of passage you’ve heard about or are living, the runway that many men land and take off from. Gathered for many drinks with the best friends of their lives quickly becomes a dangerous Bacchanalia of doomed ritualizing, darkly lit and disturbing yet familiar to anyone who has ever fallen off the beaten path and enjoyed it too much. Continue reading

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The Mill and the Cross (2011)

As a result, the art film flourishes while the drama film meanders, ultimately slipping from the viewer much like run-on advertisements quietly consumed by the next great cacophony of things – we don’t tire of the film so much as we lose hold of the magnanimous company of art, forced to return to our everyday humdrumity, angrily, where such love of engagement is not only remiss but targeted obsolescence Continue reading

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Hollywood’s Blockbuster Makes Victims of Us All

Over the last couple of years there’s been a steady upsurge in the number of big budget, high concept films fueled almost entirely on catchy, gimmick-ridden premises. We have to demand more from Hollywood or they’re going to keep shoveling us manure and laughing when we step in it and track it all over the carpets of our lives and spare them the stink. Continue reading

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War Horse (2011)

War Horse (2011) is effective, entertaining and at times exceedingly sentimental, yet audiences and critics seem mostly upbeat and genuinely receptive since it opened on Christmas day. If Spielberg fails at all it is that he stumbles over this romantic notion of closure and ideals – the often tidy solutions to otherwise untidy situations. Continue reading

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Red State (2011)

Red State is as much a gamble as it is anything else, a departure that stands a good chance of going too far from Kevin Smith land and alienating fans and followers or not far enough and audiences figure they’ve had enough Clerks reboots and choose the remake of Footloose instead. Continue reading

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