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Agora: The Great Atheist Film?

Alejandro Amenabar’s excellent Agora opened this past week in limited release and I can’t help but wonder why a film that resembles Gladiator (except smarter and more entertaining) is being dumped by its distributor at the end of May rather than given a wide-release on thousands of screens. I thought the only reason this could be so…

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Sex and the Shallow Depiction of Women

se Sex and the City is one of the great disappointments for me. I’m referring not to the TV show or the movie, but the franchise as a whole – taken as one complete story. Disappointment only comes when there is the promise of something greater and the first few seasons of Sex and the City…

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Ridley Me This: Why Isn’t Sir Scott as Great as You Tell Me He Is?

One of the first few columns that I wrote for Movie City News, way back in 2007, was about Ridley Scott and how I felt he was overrated. I look back at that column now and I can see that I’ve improved as a writer since then, that my points could have been stronger, etc. But I think…

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Why Tetro Is the Best Film You’ll See This Year

That’s a bit of a misleading header, since the film was actually released last year, but it’s still true. I’m betting most of you folks never saw the movie since it was in and out of theaters so quickly, but you’re in luck because it was just released on DVD and Blu-Ray this past Tuesday….

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What to Make of The Human Centipede?

SPOILER ALERT: This column contains spoilers for the movie The Human Centipede. This weekend I saw a horror movie and it wasn’t the needless remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Instead, I decided to flip on my movies on demand and watch The Human Centipede. I’d heard a lot about this film, about how controversial it…

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“I really want to see The Irishman. I’ve heard it’s big brother Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. But I really can’t find the time. The promotion schedule is so tight, there’s no opportunity to see a three and a half-hour movie. But I really want to see it. In 2017, right before Okja’s New York premiere, I had the chance to go to Scorsese’s office, which is in the DGA building. There’s a lovely screening room there, too, with film prints that he’s collected. I talked to him for about an hour. There’s no movie he hasn’t seen, even Korean films. We talked about what he’s seen and his past work. It was a glorious day. I’ve loved his work since I was in college. Who doesn’t? Anyone involved with movies must feel the same way.”
~ Bong Joon-ho

“But okay, I promise you now that if I ever retire again, I’m going to ensure that I can’t walk it back. I’ll post a series of the most disgusting, offensive, outrageous statements you can ever imagine. That way it will be impossible for me to ever be employed again. No one is going to take my calls. No one is going to want to be seen with me. Oh, it will be scorched earth. I will have torched everything. I’m going to flame out in the most legendary fashion.”
~ Steven Soderbergh