BRAZILIANS DO IT MEANER

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As far it goes, José Padilha’s Elite Squad does a solid job compartmentalizing the foremost concerns of decent cop movies. Set in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, this aggressive take on contemporary Brazilian crime wars gets intimate with the details of the problem and neatly packs them into the requirements of the genre. Narrated [&hellip
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WESTERN PROMISES

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Ed Harris starts with the right idea about Westerns when he directs Appaloosa as a historical look at contemporary behavior. He plays Virgil Cole, a for-hire gunman who becomes city marshal when the businessmen of 1882 Appaloosa, New Mexico, fear they’re being run over by the ruthless mine-owner Randall Bragg (Jeremy Irons). This allegory of [&hellip
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WALKING A THIN BLUE LINE

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Lakeview Terrace is tiresome largely because Samuel L. Jackson’s Belligerent Black Man antics are so predictable. He’s dug a lowdown niche; and movie after movie he keeps shoveling crap over himself. This time Jackson plays Abel Turner, a prejudiced Los Angeles cop who goes apeshit when he discovers his new neighbors are a young interracial [&hellip
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THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY MORONS

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THE COEN BROTHERS’ LOVE OF IDIOSYNCRASY IS AT ITS BEST IN THIS AMERICA-SKEWERING FARCE By Armond White The Coen Brothers’ Burn After Reading is a pie-in-the-face comedy. You don’t know what hit you until it’s over. Every character is nervous, and the story’s pace is frantic. Georgetown political wonk Osborne Cox (John Malkovich) quits his [&hellip
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FEMALE TROUBLE

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DIANE ENGLISH FINALLY GETS HER REMAKE OF THE WOMEN IN THEATERS-TOO BAD IT’S SO DIFFICULT TO WATCH by Armond White It’s the opposite of progress when the new adaptation of Clare Booth Luce’s proto-feminist play The Women flaunts an openly gay character yet sets a scene in a lesbian-chic restaurant where the lighting is so [&hellip
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THROWING IN THE TOWEL

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ALAN BALL’S TOWELHEAD IS PREDICTABLY ALL WET By Armond White Towelhead is the worst movie of its kind since Little Children. It’s another adaptation of a trendy novel’s contrived cynicism (“smartness” in mediaspeak). It’s another examination of the horrors of American suburbia and the superiority of a protagonist who represents a target demographic or a [&hellip
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Nice work, Obama

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Say you’re a big fan of a certain presidential candidate, how can you help hype their campaign? Judging from the view count on YouTube (over a million!), the best way is to write a catchy song, film a local model lip-synching the words and then let the bloggers and news stations do the rest. That’s [&hellip
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A Long Chat With That Crazy French Duo Responsible For The Gates

Written by Kari Milchman on . Posted in Film, Posts

Do you recall the explosion of orange in Central Park winter 2005? If your memory doesn’t go back that far, perhaps you caught The Gates directed by Antonio Ferrera and Albert Maysles at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Intrigued? Here’s a video interview with the installation’s creators, Christo and Jeanne-Claude. We can’t decide if they [&hellip
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