misc Archive for September, 2009

Only You Can Help Insurance Companies

Protect Insurance Companies PSA from Will Ferrell

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Review: A Single Man

Tom Ford, as a first timer, does a nice job creating a living, breathing Vanity Fair magazine. The film is pretty. And Colin Firth is excellent as a closed off, pained man who feels his life is over with the loss of his lover. It’s the kind of performance in the kind of movie that…

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Review: 9

MCN Review:  Incredible animated visuals adorn this dystopian fantasy-fable, expanded by director-story writer Shane Acker from his Oscar-nominated short, and produced by a combine that includes Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov. The short was, more simply, a wordless chase duel between 9 and the monster. The movies adds the other eight robots and gives them…

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“I never accepted the term contrarian. I think that’s offensive, frankly. And my response to that is: if I’m a contrarian, what are other reviewers? What I strive to do is be a good critic, not somebody who simply accepts the product put in front of me. I guess it scares people to think that they don’t have any originality; that they don’t have the capacity to think for themselves.

“There’s a line a lot of reviewers use that I don’t like at all. They say ‘accept the film on its own terms.’ What that really means is, ‘accept the film as it is advertised.’ That’s got nothing to do with criticism. Nothing to do with having a response as a film watcher. A thinking person has to analyze what’s on screen, not simply rubber-stamp it or kowtow to marketing.”m

“To me, everything does have a political component and I think it’s an interesting way to look at art. It’s one way that makes film reviewing, I think, a politically relevant form of journalism. We do live in a political world, and we bring our political sense to the movies with us – unless you’re the kind of person who goes to the movies and shuts off the outside world. I’m not that kind of person.”
~ Armond White to Luke Buckmaster

“One of comedy’s defining pathologies, alongside literal pathologies like narcissism and self-loathing, is its swaggering certainty that it is part of the political vanguard, while upholding one of the most rigidly patriarchal hierarchies of any art form.”
~ Lindy West