Articles tagged james franco

You Can Tell Where ‘True Story’ Is Going Five Minutes In

No matter how much the ruthless male leads of this film (Jonah Hill and James Franco) try to control the narrative, it's all too obvious where their lie-fueled story is going.

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Allen Ginsberg Didn’t Say That: A Conversation on the Film ‘Howl’

C.E. McAuley and friends get wordy about Allen Ginsberg, Howl, and the release of the film now on DVD.

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The promo trailer for Gary Shteyngart’s new novel Super Sad True Love Story features an interesting cast that includes actor James Franco as well

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Spidey, Oedipus, Jesus, & Platonic Love

Spider-man III was by far the most exciting Hollywood political critique of the Bush doctrine, reiterating the value of dialogue, cooperation and coalition.

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27 Jan 2009 // 8:00 PM

Pineapple Express

This stoner film offers you a howling good time without the help of any magical herb whatsoever.

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The New Classics - The 30 Best Films of 2008

Unlike previous years, where classics came crawling out of the celluloid woodwork with regular reckless abandon, 2008 was more calm… and considered. That's not to say that choosing 30 top titles was hard. The difficulty in placing them in some manner of rank order suggests the actual depth of quality involved.

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Iconic - The Top 20 Male Performances of 2008

Like the gladiators of old, 2008 resembles a battle of formidable acting gods, especially when looking over the 20 choices presented below. Indeed, if anything, choosing a winner requires more of a leap of faith than any amount of critical skill - they all were that good.

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11 Dec 2008 // 6:01 AM

(Michael Allen Jones/Sacramento Bee/MCT) SAN FRANCISCO – James Franco tries to live by advice he received from the sage one, Seth Rogen. “He has

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Cinema Qua Non - Indispensable DVDs: Part 3

Day Three - The final ten, a cross-culture collection teeming with big ideas, larger than life visions, and perhaps the greatest documentary on rugby you've probably never heard of.

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11 Aug 2008 // 9:45 PM

Danny O.D.: Too Much McBride?

That’s it. I’ve had it. I am officially at my character actor capacity. Nothing personal on the man in question, but after a

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6 Aug 2008 // 8:21 AM

Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express is mostly what you expect: bonding mechanics that are unsurprising and feebly unrebellious.

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‘Pineapple Express’ is Some Bad Ass Weed

For some reason, the stoner fails to get the same cinematic respect as other substance abusing characters. The alcoholic and the heroin addict are usually

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: August 2008

Talk about a crowded schedule. There are more offerings scheduled this month than in the previous two combined.

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The Best Big Screen Eye Candy of 2007

When flipping through my mental catalog of the year's films, certain scenes stand out. This past year offered a veritable feast of visual goodies.

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2 Jan 2008 // 2:30 AM

Iraq War-themed films can’t find an audience

What if they made a war movie and nobody came to see it? No biggie. Individual films fail all the time for all kinds of

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11 Oct 2007 // 2:27 AM

A new script for Hollywood war movies

Anti-war demonstrators storm the Pentagon in the movie “Across the Universe.” A career soldier protests the Iraq conflict in “In the Valley of Elah.” The

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9 Oct 2007 // 10:00 PM

Part 3 - The New Networks

It would never work... no one challenged the reigning broadcast junta and survived. No surprise then that the upstarts snuck in and changed the face of TV forever.

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Hollywood goes to war: Mainstream movies focus on Iraq, terrorism

Writer Matthew Michael Carnahan makes a living pounding out movie scripts, where flights of fantasy and retreats from reality are the daily stock in trade.

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21 Sep 2007 // 2:48 AM

Tight-lipped Tommy Lee Jones on ‘In the Valley of Elah’

TORONTO—Oscar-winning actor Tommy Lee Jones, likely to be nominated again for one or both of his fall movies, “In the Valley of Elah” (opening

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20 Sep 2007 // 1:00 AM

In the Valley of Elah

Paul Haggis' film posits Hank as an old-school man of honor, both punished and revered for his traditional "values."

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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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