At Cinema’s Crossroads

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HELLO, WALTER HILL. GOOD RIDDANCE TO SODERBERGH This week, America’s most overrated filmmaker, Steven Soderbergh, gets booted out of the arena by the country’s most underrated great filmmaker, Walter Hill. The simultaneous release of Hill’s Bullet to the Head and Soderbergh’s Side Effects perfectly contrasts the art of genre filmmaking with the pretense of art [&hellip
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Frack You!

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‘FRACKNATION’ DEBATES THE GREENSHIRTS—AND WINS By Gregory Solman In Fracknation, Irish investigative journalist Phelim McAleer finds a combustible metaphor for the contrived controversy of hydraulic fracturing in the footage of the Sautner family hustlers of Pennsylvania. McAleer couldn’t politely interview the couple without Craig threatening a lawsuit (apparently emboldened by the radical National Resources Defense [&hellip
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Frick or Frack?

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VAN SANT AND DAMON’S PROMISED PROPAGANDA Gus Van Sant must really be out of imagination (or horniness) to make the drab, politically slanted Promised Land. That’s two phony films in a row for Gus, following the 2010 Restless. Promised Land takes on the fracking controversy about drilling for gas in underground shale deposits, using Gus’ [&hellip
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How Do You Pronounce Quvenzhané?

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How-Do-You-Pronounce-Quvenzhane600 Celebrated indie film ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ confuses pandering with empathy In answer to the above question, “pickaninny” would be a viable option. Nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, from the film Beasts of the Southern Wild, has become the youngest person ever nominated for a lead-actor Academy Award but not because her untrained performance is extraordinary acting; it’s [&hellip
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City Arts: Frack You!

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promised-land-mcdormand-and-damon-300x224 Documentary ‘Fracknation’ debates ‘Gasland,’ ‘Promised Land’ and the greenshirts—and wins. By Gregory Solman In Fracknation, Irish investigative journalist Phelim McAleer finds a combustible metaphor for the contrived controversy of hydraulic fracturing in the footage of the Sautner family hustlers of Pennsylvania. McAleer couldn’t politely interview the couple without Craig threatening a lawsuit (apparently emboldened by the radical National [&hellip
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Heart Condition

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Credit Guy Raz ‘Yossi’ sequel catches up with an international sad sack At 34 years of age, Yossi may have a promising career going as a Tel Aviv cardiologist, but when it comes to matters of the heart for himself, the man is in stasis, a lonely heart who can be seen in Eytan Fox’s Yossi downloading porn [&hellip
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A Second Coming Out

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A-Second-Coming-Out600 The artistic advance of Eytan Fox’s ‘Yossi’ Oz Zehavi in Yossi. In the new Yossi, Israeli filmmaker Eytan Fox revisits the protagonist from his 2004 military love story Yossi & Jagger. A slight narrative shift shows the former army medic (played by Ohad Knoller) in his mid-30s, now an overweight cardiologist still mourning his lover’s death more than 10 [&hellip
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Armond White’s Better-Than List 2012

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Better-Than-List-2012600 Armond White takes stock of the past movie year in annual list In 2012, politics became personal fantasy. Movies weren’t just entertainment but were used to justify escapist (possibly even anti-social) points of view. Critics misread films to suit their politics, but they could do so only because filmmakers were similarly biased. The year’s movies [&hellip
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5 Oscar Snubs…and One Pleasant Mini-Surprise

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thesessions The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were unveiled earlier this morning, and largely went as foreseen. Whether you agree with me or not about thoughts like Silver Linings Playbook was too chaotic to be clever about family strife and mental illness, that Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild were major, if esoteric, emotional triumphs, [&hellip
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Still Not a Brother: Armond White on ‘Django Unchained’

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django-jackson How SamJack stole Tarantino’s epithet orgy ‘Django Unchained’ Uncle Tom, the black overseer created by Harriet Beecher Stowe and despised ever after, reappears to spy on and punish other slaves in Django Unchained. It is the role Samuel L. Jackson was born to play. Here named Stephen, Jackson’s Uncle Tom-style shuck-and-jive is prototypical–even atavistic–climaxing the profane, [&hellip
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