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Fight Club

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

Bloody Rationalism David Fincher’s Fight Club has one significant advantage over every other cinematic thrill machine out there: it feels genuinely dangerous. Stylishly funky yet faultlessly streamlined, a strange concoction of incessant momentum, spasmodic hilarity, insinuating weirdness and, not incidentally, a brilliant, catalytic performance by Brad Pitt, this fevered fantasy touches on the most primal [&hellip
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Three Kings

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

Failing Vision An overheated, dizzying hash of a movie, David O. Russell’s Three Kings puts me in the rare position of cheering a filmmaker’s inconsistency. Which is to say: If the whole of this seriocomic plunge into Operation Desert Storm were as awful as its first 20 minutes, I might’ve been driven toward wrist-slitting, or [&hellip
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West Beirut

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

Summer Hat Trick If only for Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez’s The Blair Witch Project and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense, the summer of ’99 has ended up a noteworthy time for excitingly offbeat and inventive work from young filmmakers. Now comes Ziad Doueiri’s West Beirut, which is just as refreshing and quirkily original [&hellip
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The Muse

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

  Lost in Hollywood Albert Brooks, playing a Hollywood screenwriter named Steven Phillips, is going to see Steven Spielberg to pitch a film. Pulling up to the gates of Universal City, he’s told by the guard that the pass list doesn’t grant him a “drive-on,” only a “walk-on.” He’ll have to park across the street [&hellip
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Part Two of The Death of Film/The Decay of Cinema

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

Part Two of The Death of Film/The Decay of Cinema Sometime within the next few years–it may take a decade or more, though a nearer date is more likely–the last commercial movie theater in the U.S. to adopt digital projection will make the switch, and the medium of film will reach its effective end. Thereafter, to see actual films displayed, [&hellip
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Eyes Wide Shut’s Images

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

The Photographer’s Final Frames Every Stanley Kubrick movie came down to an image, or a set of them, searching for two things: its own meaning and an appropriate dramatic elaboration. The fact that both searches were, in any given film, seldom entirely successful has not diminished the power of his work; in fact, it has bolstered it, especially for those [&hellip
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