The Hours
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The Hours

“Though many thought it impossible, Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, postgay masterpiece The Hours has been transformed into a heartbreaking film of staggering genius…” Though many thought it impossible, Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, postgay masterpiece The Hours has been transformed into a heartbreaking film of staggering genius. The novel, a complex, intertwining story of three unrelated … Continue reading

The Life of David Gale
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The Life of David Gale

“In an early scene in The Life of David Gale, Kevin Spacey, as the titular philosophy professor and future death row inmate, gives an impassioned classroom lecture in front of a blackboard emblazoned with the words “Deus Ex Machina.” A term used to describe a resolution to a plot problem which is too convenient for … Continue reading

The Luzhin Defence
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The Luzhin Defence

“I couldn’t stifle a giggle as I recalled the scene in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me in which Austin engages in a sex-charged game of chess with Ivana Humpalott and ends up choking on his bishop…” While watching The Luzhin Defence, I couldn’t stifle a giggle as I recalled the scene in Austin … Continue reading

The Man Who Wasn’t There
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The Man Who Wasn’t There

“A striking film noir set in the 1940’s, TMWWT is worth seeing for its incredibly lush black-and-white cinematography alone.” Oh, the ironic curse of the Coen Brothers. Arguably among today’s best filmmakers, brothers Joel and Ethan Coen have together created some truly great films in the past two decades, including Blood Simple, Raising Arizona and … Continue reading

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The Operator

“A straightforward look at a man forced to assume responsibility for a lifetime of selfish actions.” At the screening of The Operator I attended, two of the film’s reels were accidentally shown out of sequence, resulting in an unintentional Memento-like effect.   While the two thrillers do share certain qualities, The Operator doesn’t utilize tricky cinematic … Continue reading

The Royal Tenenbaums
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The Royal Tenenbaums

Many people proclaimed director Wes Anderson a genius after 1998’s Rushmore.  I, however, felt it premature to bestow such a title to a filmmaker with only two films to his name.  Now, with The Royal Tenenbaums, I find myself enthusiastically joining the throng.  At the risk of sounding like a latecomer to the party: Wes … Continue reading