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12 January 2014

In a World… of Dominating Male Egos

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Male dominance, obsessive egocentrism, and ruthless competitiveness have always been a part of Hollywood’s paradigm. Whether comically or dramatically stated in numerous Hollywood features…

27 September 2013

Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen Ditches the Streetcar

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He needs no introduction, but rather a streetcar for his classy, self-centered, delusional, broke-to-the teeth heroine Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) to get her to the doorsteps of her sister… ”Stella!” Actually …

24 August 2013

I’m So Excited!: Almodovar’s Trip to Self-Indulgence

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The Spanish phenomena in filmmaking, Pedro Almodovar, who has received a worldwide recognition for his string of masterpieces: All About My Mother (1999), Talk to Her (2002), Volver (2006), Broken …

31 July 2013

A Blast from the Past Built to Last

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Remember those 80’s and 90’s summer vacation movies with everlasting humor? The ones with parents chilling out by the beach, acting like children, and children entering adulthood; the ones that …

15 July 2013

The Bling Ring: Robin Hoods Without a Cause

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Glittered high-end designer goods, expensive rides, plush celebrity mansions, teenagers without control and…not much else. Accompanied by trash talk and a loud, vulgar rap soundtrack, Sofia Coppola’s new feature The …

08 July 2013

Got Some Fances Ha In You?

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She is clumsy, impulsive, irrational, indecisive, and forgetful. She is a 27, “looks older, but not grown up.” She is open and friendly with men, but she labels herself as: …

27 June 2013

Mud: Beanee Weenees, Punches and Heartbreaks

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He did it again! After receiving recognition for his early work Shotgun Stories (2007) and Take Shelter (2011)- both featuring Michael Shannon- the Arkansas native writer/director Jeff Nichols delights admirers …

02 June 2013

Hoffman’s Charming Quartet

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Only to be enjoyed after dinner with a glass of aged brandy, actor Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet is a dark chocolate delight glazed with fine aristocratic finesse. Based on …

29 May 2013

The Last Act: Bela Tarr’s The Turin Horse

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One of the most respected figures in world cinema today, Hungarian film auteur Bela Tarr- known for his distinctive highly stylized black and white long takes, apocalyptic stories and melancholic …

06 May 2013

Michael Haneke’s Amour

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Take a box of tissues and leave your grandparents at home, Michael Haneke is in town! The Austrian writer/director who brought us The Piano Teacher (2001), Cache (2005), and the …

30 March 2013

Controversy in War Films: In the Land of Blood and Honey

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Portraying the struggles of a foreign nation during a time of war has become a common trend in North American cinema. War being the most favored subject matter of filmmakers, …

17 March 2013

Ballad of the Southern Wild

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In the Louisiana bayou, cut off from the rest of the world, a small free-spirited community has settled down. In this water-sunken place (or, as the locals refer to it, …

07 March 2013

Giorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth

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Who knew Greeks can make great cinema? A country famous for its extra virgin olive oil export and hardly any traditions or structure for filmmaking, stunned audiences around the globe …

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