MCN Originals Archive for June, 2010

Wilmington on Movies: Knight and Day and Wild Grass

Knight and Day (Three Stars) U.S.; James Mangold, 2010 Knight and Day doesn’t make much sense, but do we really want it to?

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Wilmington on Movies: Toy Story 3, The Killer Inside Me, The A-Team and Marmaduke

Toy Story 3 (Four Stars) U. S. Lee Unkrich, 2010 Toy Story 3 is just what we’ve come to expect from Pixar: a brilliantly conceived and immaculately animated knockout of a family show

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Wilmington: A Tale of Two Cities

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities So said Charles Dickens, to describe the changing worlds of staid England and turbulent France, of the two cities London and Paris, during French revolutionary times — in his great melodramatic novel A Tale of Two…

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Wilmington on Movies: Get Him to the Greek and Breathless

Get Him to The Greek (Three Stars) U.S.; Nicholas Stoller, 2010 Get Him to the Greek — the latest from the Judd Apatow juggernaut

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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