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Matchstick Men (2003)

“Matchstick Men” flourishes on the combined strategy of Scott and lens smith John Mathieson (X-men First Class, Gladiator) with Nic Cage and Sam Rockwell giving likable miscreants the voodoo they do so well. It’s hard not to like this film, how slick it makes offbeat a character of its own, interacting and reminding us that films don’t always have to be moving to move us. Continue reading

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Prometheus (2012)

It’s not for lack of brilliance in execution and scope that Ridley Scott’s 2012 space epic Prometheus suffers but from a sense of scattered indifference as though a film can rest on what’s come before almost entirely as long as it looks great, stuns the senses, rewards the viewer in lavish details. Scott seems most interested in questions unanswered as absolutes that can be proven, undermined or simple reflections of our endless hopes and dreams. These are heavy things that fuel films and stories, sometimes truthful and possible mixed in speculative fiction and imagination. But people seem drawn, uncertain because so much of what could have been, even should have been, is left to the viewer’s resolution and reward and ultimately we’re tasked with too much lifting to feel entirely rewarding. Continue reading

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