Articles tagged michael peña

No Means Ho: Debating ‘Observe and Report’‘s Most Controversial Scene

Rape? Or the Reality of Relationships circa 2009? Jody Hill's Observe and Report is being vilified over that very question.

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10 Apr 2009 // 3:30 AM

Observe and Report

Observe and Report proposes that a man who feels worthless is capable of a violent rage. If this sounds edgy, it's not.

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‘Observe’ Mines Humor Out of Pain, Peculiarity

It’s safe to say that, somewhere down the line, Jody Hill is going to make a truly f*cked-up masterpiece. He’s going to

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26 Dec 2008 // 3:43 AM

Hollywood, race and the Age of Obama

Gook. Dragon lady. Swamp rats. These are but a few of the cringe-inducing racial epithets spewed by Clint Eastwood’s Walt Kowalski in “Gran Torino,”

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28 Sep 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Lucky Ones

The wars in the Middle East hang over The Lucky Ones like high cloud cover, coloring each event during the road trip, no matter how banal.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: September 2008

From wars both past and present to a number of nail-biting thrillers, September is sizing up as a potentially profitable one.

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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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In ‘Lions for Lambs,’ cool icon turns passionate political advocate

PHILADELPHIA—Sundance fever. Happens every time Robert Redford comes to the University of Pennsylvania. Back in `98, the president and deans panted like fangirls. This time,

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9 Nov 2007 // 3:00 AM

Lions for Lambs

Though Lions barely considers the soldiers' choices, it's clear they've been egregiously misinformed, turned into terms in someone else's argument.

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9 Nov 2007 // 1:47 AM

Today’s foreign wars are Hollywood hell

This is not your grandfather’s war. This war is unpopular and controversial, seemingly endless. But that hasn’t stopped Hollywood from releasing a series

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Redford says ‘Lions for Lambs’ isn’t just another Iraq war movie

SAN FRANCISCO—Actor and political activist Robert Redford learned a lifelong lesson when he was a teenager. “At 18, I went to the University of Colorado.

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23 Mar 2007 // 4:28 AM

Shooter (2007)

While Swagger describes himself modestly, he's also one of those highly trained government instruments whose post-trauma mission in life is vengeance.

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8 Aug 2006 // 11:00 PM

World Trade Center

While the survivors lie within this well of shadows and shards, the film shows tv viewers around the world, briefly united in horror and incredulity, watching iconic CNN footage.

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23 Jan 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Shield: Season 4

Most of the brilliant fourth season is focused on the interplay of Vic with the two single-season 'heavyweights', Glenn Close as Captain Monica Rawling and Anthony Anderson as local kingpin Antwon Mitchell.

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6 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Crash (2004)

The lesson seems geared toward those viewers who were surprised by the Rodney King video, that is, people who don't regularly deal with cultural collisions.

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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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