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May 2008

There is Nothing Scary About These ‘Strangers’

The art of suspense is dead, or at the very least, dying. Few in post-modern filmmaking know how to establish dread without drowning it in


HBO: The Movie

Michael Patrick King takes about two or three season finales' worth of tears and OMG jawdroppers and whacks them together into a big, sloppy, gooey sundae of a film that is, for better or for worse, just like the show … only longer.


Vexed in the City

Revisiting Annie Hall the other evening, this critic was struck at how mature and well meaning the movie was. At the time of its release,


Genuine Class - Sydney Pollack (1934 - 2008)

He got his start like most pre post-modern moviemakers, via the still struggle medium of ‘50s/‘60s television. There, his approach was allowed to take


Re-Memorable: Ten Classic Spielberg Moments

In the world of weak analogies, Steven Spielberg is the Beatles of blockbuster movies. He literally invented the genre, reconstructed it when it went wonky,


Noriko’s Dinner Table (2005)

It’s hard for any film to bring something new to the standard dysfunctional family dynamic. Cinema has seen it all - disgruntled adolescents, adults


Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (1972)

When you think of motion picture taboo busting, the glorious efforts of the exploitation era instantly come to mind. No other film genre took the


Friday Film Focus - 23 May, 2008

The Summer onslaught continues, and for the weekend beginning 23 May, here are the films in focus:Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull


Cusack’s ‘War’ Wastes Satiric Opportunities

Quick - name the last really successful political satire? Was it Wag the Dog? Man of the Year? American Dreamz? Primary Colors? Perhaps you have


‘Postal’ Proves Boll’s Brazenness

Uwe Boll is no longer just a filmmaker. He’s become a cultural icon of the whipping boy variety. Granted, he’s earned every inch


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