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Jonze/Gondry’s Human Nature

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Serendipity is the word for 1999’s Being John Malkovich, one of the most peculiar, original and profound American comedies since, well, Groundhog Day. On the page, it played like a screwball comedy written by Paddy Chayefsky; it shouldn’t have worked, yet somehow it did. Music video director Spike Jonze shot it like a dark (visually, [&hellip
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Crush; Oscar Notes

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Movies about women rarely get a fair shake from critics, male or female. In the arenas of both criticism and marketing, a doltish double standard governs any film with the temerity to put a female actress front and center, then build its plot around romance, marriage or other so-called "domestic" concerns. Meanwhile, films about men–particularly [&hellip
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Miss Wonton; Monsoon Wedding

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Monsoon Wedding Directed by Mira Nair The time may come when the word "immigrant" doesn’t carry the same profound associations it does today. Europe now has one currency; desperate, repressive governments throughout the world (and certain U.S. states) are struggling to stop forbidden information from flowing in and out of their restricted borders; American media [&hellip
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Big Bad Love; Fessenden’s Wendigo

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

A wise actor said that if you seriously want to break typecasting, you’d better create your own role. Arliss Howard, who first arrived on moviegoers’ radar screens playing a gentle-souled Marine in Full Metal Jacket and has played more than his share of gentle-souled fellas ever since, appears to have taken this advice to heart [&hellip
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Domestic Violence; Birthday Girl

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

No American documentarian–no major, for that matter– demands as much of his audience as Frederick Wiseman. He asks that we think of life not as a series of self-contained moments driven by individual personalities (the American fantasy of life as it should be) but in terms of systems, institutions, exercises in power (life as it [&hellip
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