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Still Cruising After All These Years

I haven’t seen Knight and Day yet and the word on the street has been mixed, but even if it’s terrible I’ll still believe that Tom Cruise is a fantastic and underrated actor. It’s not often that one of the biggest movie stars in the world can be classified as “underrated” because clearly most audiences enjoy his…

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The Talented Actor Inside Casey Affleck

This past week, I sat down to watch Michael Winterbottom’s adaptation of Jim Thompson’s classic pulp noir The Killer Inside Me, hoping for a misunderstood masterpiece. The film had been much maligned for being “misogynistic” and “violent” and when I hear about films that are so divisive and controversial, it usually piques my interest – chances are, if…

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The A-Team: Overkill is Underrated?

“Overkill is underrated.” The above line is spoken to Liam Neeson’s character in the final third of The A-Team, a reboot/reimagining/remake/redo/reinvention/adaptation of the television show. I’m willing to bet that Joe Carnahan, the director of The A-Team, kept that line in the film as a bit of a self-reflexive joke since his film is all about overkill. But it…

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On Vacation

I’m lucky enough to be spending a couple of weeks in Maui, so my movie-watching schedule has been somewhat disrupted so that I can snorkel and tan and all of that. And yes, I’m saying this to make you jealous. But I’m also saying this to let you know that I haven’t gotten a chance…

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Mark Hopkins Director of Living in Emergency

In this podcast, Noah interviews Mark Hopkins, director of the documentary Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors without Borders. They talk about real-life heroes, The Hurt Locker, Apocalypse Now, and the shocking reality of many non-Westerners’ lives. Listen to Noah Forrest Podcast with Mark Hopkins

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“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima

“They’re still talking about the ‘cathedral of cinema,’ the ‘communal experience,’ blah blah. The experiences I’ve had recently in the theatre have not been good. There’s commercials, noise, cellphones. I was watching Colette at the Varsity, and halfway through red flashes came up at the bottom of the frame. A woman came out and said, ‘We’re going to have to reboot, so take fifteen minutes and come back.’ Then they rebooted it from the beginning, and she had to ask the audience to tell her how far to go. You tell me, is that a great experience? I generally don’t watch movies in a cinema at all. Netflix is the future. It’s the present. But the whole paradigm of a series, binge-watching, it’s quite different. My first reaction is that it’s more novelistic, because if you have an eight-hour season, you can get into complex, intricate things. You can let it breathe and the audience expectations are such that they will let you, where before they wouldn’t have the patience. I think only the surface has been touched with experimenting with that.”
~ David Cronenberg