Articles tagged carice van houten

Suspense is ‘Valkyrie’‘s Saving Grace

World War II remains the ultimate cinematic backdrop for elements both within and outside the conflict’s control. On the one hand, there are so

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23 Dec 2008 // 1:00 AM


Valkyrie's forward motion is stalled repeatedly by hyperbolically symbolic images, which also undercut some nuanced performances.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: December 2008

Just like the end of an inspiring speech that may or may not succeed in making its point, these final four weeks before 2009 tend to define or defeat the entire awards season purpose.

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A Gallery of Good Works: The Best Films of 2007

From Julian Schnabel's artsy The Diving Bell and the Butterfly to the legendary Coen Brothers splendid adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, PopMatters counts down the 30 best films of 2007.

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All Around the World: The Best International/Indie Films of 2007

Beginning and ending with the superlative filmmaking of Jia Zhang-ke, traversing the nooks and crannies of the globe, PopMatters presents the 20 best international and indie films of 2007.

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21 Oct 2007 // 9:59 PM

Black Book (Zwartboek)

While the film begins with the familiar tagline of “Inspired by true events” Black Book is best approached through the lens of the classic pulp thriller.

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Black Book (Zwartboek) (2006)

Broadly drawn and ballsy, the movie features horrendous violence and stupefying melodrama: it's WWII without the usual sober romance, the Greatest Generation meets Starship Troopers.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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