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Thursday, May 9 2013

'Spring Breakers', 'Pain & Gain' and Postmodern Folly at the Movies

Rather than exercise judgment or critical perspective on crime and punishment, Spring Breakers and Pain & Gain share their characters’ self-indulgence, making narcissism seem like a palatable or practical means to achieve goals.


Reviews

Sunday, August 25 2013

Too Much Is Never Enough in 'Pain & Gain'

Michael Bay’s frenzied, kaleidoscopic, dumb-ass magnum opus arrives on Blu-ray just in time to flex menacingly at The Great Gatsby from across the DVD aisle. The American dream lives on.


Friday, April 26 2013

Manning Up in 'Pain & Gain'

The kidnappers are caught up in a mutual druggy, aspirational haze: when any one of them feels apprehensive, the nearest buddy encourages him to "get a pump", as they lose themselves in frenzy of bicep-curling and self-distraction.


Blogs

Monday, April 29 2013

The Five Reasons Why 'Pain & Gain' Is Not 'Fargo'

Aside from the obvious one. Duh.


Thursday, April 25 2013

The Audience's 'Pain' Offers No Entertainment 'Gain'

(This movie is) Michael Bay talking down to his audience, addressing previous criticisms about excess and hyperbole by offering equal amounts of both.


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