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Derek Cianfrance

Features

Tuesday, January 11 2011

The Best Films of 2010

Among this year's winners include a fake documentary, a comedy about Jihad, a vampire story NOT dealing with tacky tween romance, a haunting hillbilly noir, and an elegant tale about clones. Not necessarily the usual cinematic suspects.


Tuesday, January 4 2011

The Best Male Film Performances of 2010

Heroes and villains, criminals and crazed creative types: the 20 best male performances of 2010 definitely run the dramatic/comedic character topography... with a few unusual turns tossed in for good measure.


Wednesday, September 1 2010

Part Four: December 2010

This is it... the last push towards end-of-year accolades, with Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell, Julian Schnabel and the Coen Brothers all looking for that elusive critic's choice seal of approval.


Reviews

Wednesday, August 7 2013

'The Place Beyond the Pines' Is Three Stories Linked by Grit, Father Issues and Family Foes

This is a powerful film offering a fascinating insight into the father and son complex.


Monday, August 5 2013

'The Place Beyond the Pines' Is an Emotionally Complex Drama

The Place Beyond the Pines shines a spotlight on the relationships between fathers and sons and explores the roles that destiny, circumstance and chance can all play in a person’s life.


Sunday, March 31 2013

'The Place Beyond the Pines': Fathers, Sons, Motorbikes

Troubled father-son dynamics are everywhere in The Place Beyond the Pines. It pursues the theme that fathers make their sons, and that consequences are inevitable and mostly predictable, if not always logical.


Wednesday, June 1 2011

'Blue Valentine': You Always Hurt the Ones You Love

Ultimately, Blue Valentine isn’t something you merely watch: it’s something that you feel. Even though it proves to be one hell of a devastating experience, it’s worth the pain.


Friday, December 31 2010

'Blue Valentine': Hurt People Hurt People

In Blue Valentine, gender roles are less reversed than exposed, and so increasingly unfixed and sometimes unnerving.


Blogs

Wednesday, October 20 2010

'Blue Valentine' Trailer and Clip (2010, dir. Derek Cianfrance)

The MPAA just slapped the dreaded "NC-17" rating onto this Weinstein year-end release, leading many prognosticators to sound the death knell for the film's Oscar


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