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Any Given Sunday, The Hurricane, Man on the Moon

Written by Godfrey Cheshire on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Stone’s films are nothing if not visceral, pulsing with raw-nerved energy and muscular cunning, but Any Given Sunday takes his penchant for jolting sensory immediacy to new levels of panoramic intensity. The five football games the movie depicts often recall the battle scenes in Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July, except that the [&hellip
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Beyond Beyond The Clouds Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni …

Written by Godfrey Cheshire on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Media reality being as daunting as it is at the moment, let us transfer a few of its perplexities to a science fiction story. The premise, scary but marvelous: The planet of cinema has exploded. Left behind are rock-like chunks of significance (films, filmmakers, etc.: each like a Web site) and a fleet of rusty, [&hellip
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Film in Film in The Mirror The …

Written by Godfrey Cheshire on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Meanwhile, Iranian cinema has become semi-big among the ever-fewer American cinephiles who still devote serious attention to subtitled films, yet this, too, has entailed simplifications. The greatest reduces an extraordinarily complex artistic and cultural phenomenon to a rudimentary impression based on a handful of films of fairly recent vintage. That’s understandable, perhaps, and forgivable until [&hellip
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The Insider

Written by Godfrey Cheshire on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Heroes, Victims, Heavies, Patsies From some standpoints, it’s astonishing that Hollywood has spent nearly 100 years telling stories to a large public and managed to miss, largely or entirely, so many of the great issues and movements that have occupied headlines and transformed public life during the past century. But then, just when you’re about [&hellip
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Liberal/Miserable

Written by Godfrey Cheshire on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Directed by I.B. Mizrable The most emblematic bit of action in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Rosetta occurs twice, and both times it’s not of great thematic moment, just curious–oddly curious. The Belgian film concerns a teenage girl who’s obsessed with getting a job, and who occasionally fishes in a river near the trailer park where [&hellip
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