Teeth

•September 4, 2011 • Leave a Comment

It would be hard to make a boring film with such an impeccable premise, but Teeth entertains on many unexpected levels. Continue reading ‘Teeth’

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Beloved

•September 4, 2011 • Leave a Comment

It’s hard to imagine that any faithful adaptation of Toni Morrison’s slavery-informed ghost story would have been well received, and harder still when you take the casting into account. Yet, its status as Jonathan Demme’s follow-up to Silence of the Lambs (adaptation-wise, since Philadelphia and a handful of documentaries intercede the two), and the raw brutality of the source material kept me on the lookout for an opportunity to watch it. Continue reading ‘Beloved’

Street Kings

•September 4, 2011 • Leave a Comment

NOTE:   I saw this before going through The Wire.  As Wire fans know well, it’s hard to say if movies about crime were actually good or not if you haven’t been educated by The Wire. Continue reading ‘Street Kings’

The Wages of Fear

•September 4, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Despite being a French movie from the early 50’s, The Wages of Fear laid down the blueprint for high-concept action, and nary a blockbuster from Die Hard to Armageddon has escaped its influence or surpassed its mastery. It concerns a voyage from one point to another, with obstacles along the way to be overcome: the formula distilled to its essence. Continue reading ‘The Wages of Fear’