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Not Your Father’s Predator

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On October 7, 2009
You’ve got to be kidding me: Could he kick Dutch’s ass? Probably not. I just hope he fights dirtier than he sails. By casting Adrien Brody in PREDATORS, producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antal have opted for an action lead somewhere between the ripped Arnold Schwarzenegger and the physically unspectacular Danny Glover. For those […]

Interesting Choice

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On August 14, 2009

A new picture based on the Diary of Anne Frank will be written and directed by David Mamet. Roy gets a set of steak knives for getting us an advance script excerpt…. Share

Your Point Being?

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On June 24, 2009

Although I’m happy to see Ebert v. America’s Worst Director, I was a little puzzled by this: The movie has been signed by Michael Bay. This is the same man who directed “The RockR

Watching the Watchmen

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On March 8, 2009

Better than I expected, especially given the first set of reviews. Of all the changes small and large, most interesting was the subtle movement of Dan Dreiberg; he becomes the point of identification

Ouch

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On March 1, 2009
It’s hard to be a contender for “most apparently unwatchable movie released this week” when yet another attempt to turn a video game into a movie hits the screens, but the latest attempt to make a dumbed-down middlebrow Short Cuts about an Important Social Topic — this one about immigration — sure seems to be […]

Saving Me A Review

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On February 22, 2009

I definitely agree with the “backlash” position on Slumdog Millionaire. It’s not just how embarrassingly cliched the last third or so of the movie is — not so much a Bollywood

Surprises, Cutting Both Ways

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On February 15, 2009

On the one hand, I fully expected to love Synecdoche, New York. Dargis’s rave (though an outlier) seemed persuasive enough, I liked the premise since I first heard about, liked many of Kaufman&#

That Word "Excellence," I Do Not Think…

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On January 23, 2009
Via Chotiner, I think this post from the usually entertaining David Carr contains some classic fallacies: And what’s particularly clear this season is that the Academy will reward excellence, no matter if it comes from a big studio or a small independent. Sure, the big studio movie “The Dark Knight” came up short, but that […]

Art and History

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On January 4, 2009

Becks asks: Can a movie present itself as historical, grossly distort the facts, and still be considered good art? Yes. Actually, I would take a position diametrically opposed to Becks’s; basica

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