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Quitting While You’re Ahead?

Sometimes I’m not quite sure if I actually like Quention Tarantino. Sure, I recognize that he is an important filmmaker: an original and audacious auteur with the camera; an unpredictable cinephile whose heart beats for a particular blend of low … Continue reading

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Ten Favorites From the 2012 Bergen International Film Festival

Every year, in anticipation of the Bergen International Film Festival, I ask myself a variation of the same question: What do I want out of it this year? Last year was a special case, and more than anything I needed … Continue reading

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‘Perks’ Denied

I’ve explained previously why I’m really looking forward to Stephen Chbosky’s movie adaption of his own YA novel,┬áThe Perks of Being a Wallflower, opening this weekend in select American cities. I won’t repeat all the reasons, but they range from … Continue reading

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‘Perks’ Gets a Trailer

My two most anticipated movies of the year released trailers recently. Yes, it will be exciting to see Andrew Garfield as The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Jackson returns with The Hobbit, and I’m just as excited as the next guy about … Continue reading

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My Mood Piece on ‘Titanic’

One of the many pleasures of rewatching movies is that you discover somethng new every time. And I don’t mean just what’s on screen. Repeated exposure to what you thought was a familiar narrative will reveal things you hadn’t noticed … Continue reading

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Could The ‘Bully’ Controversy Help Avoid Future Movie Rating Debacles?

It’s easy to say you hate censorship in any, or at least most, forms. I don’t think anyone, except the most strident social moralists would explicitly endorse systematic censorship, if only because it is so very hard to agree on … Continue reading

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“We were supposed to be heroes”

A special thanks to Bryan, who has helped shape and sharpen my views on this movie. ** Initially, the plan was to write something on Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me on the occasion of its 25th anniversary last year. It’s … Continue reading

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“Would I dick you?”

I think I’ve always queered, understood as looking for some homosocial or homoerotic subtext to anything I’ve watched or listened to. Before I became aware of what gay meant, I looked for the strong male bonding among the boys I … Continue reading

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At The Heart Of ‘Talk to Her’

Last week, I finally saw for myself what cinephiles all over the world have known for ten years already; that Pedro Almodovar’s Talk to Her is a true masterpiece. I’ve never been a huge fan of the more outre early … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts On The Oscars

When I counted them up today, I realized I have actually seen something like 28 movies that are nominated for Oscars this coming Sunday. Sure, this includes a crappy movie like Transformers: Dark of the Moon (nominated for a couple … Continue reading

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