Monthly Archives: July 2012

Rise and Descent: Judging the Batman Trilogy’s Final Flight

(NOTE: It’s unfortunate one can’t talk about The Dark Knight Rises without talking about the tragedy from last night, and that the enjoyment of art, an act meant to combat the darkness, fear and uncertainties of life, must be obscured by the … Continue reading

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Star Acting vs. Responsibility to Narrative vs. The Amazing Spider-Man

Every time someone says The Amazing Spider-Man is better than Sam Raimi’s trilogy I cringe. In fact, it hits me right in the heart, because as a critic I aim to understand how and why people respond to films in certain … Continue reading

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Magic Mike’s Target Audience…

There isn’t one. Magic Mike is a great movie, one of the best American films so far this year (the others, for the record, are Moonrise Kingdom, The Grey, Chronicle and Cabin in the Woods). It’s also an important film. In a … Continue reading

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Trailer Thrash 1: Looking at the “Next Big Things”

Trailers, or “previews” as they’re now more aptly called (“trailer” is a vestigial term from when ads followed a movie, rather than preceded it), have been with us for most of film history. From the folksy, star-centric skit that introduced Hawks’s The … Continue reading

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Ted: The Shadow of a Great Movie

I have no problem with Seth MacFarlane as an animator, comedian, writer, or person. I’ve never cared for Family Guy – its humor and animation strike me as lazy without reason, the result not of an aesthetic choice (like South … Continue reading

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