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By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Annapurna Pictures Raises A Beautiful, Declarative, Grandiloquent Middle Finger

Annapurna Pictures cuts together a brief, taut sizzle reel from its first productions, LawlessThe MasterThe GrandmasterKilling Them Softly, Zero Dark ThirtySpring Breakers, and does the litany of lines from them not sound like a bold declaration of intent? In part: “‘I’m bad news, I’m not your friend…’ ‘I knew y’all was special, it’s written on your faces…’ ‘Let’s cause some trouble now…’ ‘Don’ you ever touch me agin…’ ‘I just want to make something clear, there is nobody else, there’s just us…’  ‘Everybody’s miserable here, they just see the same things…’ ‘If we are not helping him, then it is we who have failed him…’ ‘Don’ make me laugh, I’m livin’ in America and in America you’re on your own.'” And to add one more: “Ye shall know them by their fruits.”


One Response to “Annapurna Pictures Raises A Beautiful, Declarative, Grandiloquent Middle Finger”

  1. Keil S. says:

    Okay, I’d forgotten they did Killing Them Softly as well. They really did kick some ass last year. Either that or Megan has burrowed her way into my brain and taken thorough notes of my likes and dislikes.

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