Comfortable and Furious

Month: November 2008

  • SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

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    There are no fairy tales in India, no white knights atop majestic steeds saving young damsels from despair and harm. But for the Western world, in which director Danny Boyle is fully ensconced, this former jewel of the British empire continues to hold romantic allure, whether as a destination for weary travelers seeking the succor…

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  • FIREPROOF

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    Half-a-million dollars, Kirk Cameron, and the power of Jesus….What could go wrong? Cameron is Caleb Holt, an Albany, Georgia fireman with anger management issues and a failing marriage. You see, he’s selfish because he’s saving money for a boat, pissed off because his wife never washes the dishes, and he can’t fathom not being respected in…

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  • SUSPIRIA

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    What the fuck? I mean, what the fuck? According to numerous sources, it’s Dario Argento’s horror masterpiece. So why was I laughing? And checking my watch? Or spending half the time in the kitchen hunting for potato chips? From where I sit, it’s an allegory for the Allied liberation of Europe during World War II.…

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  • SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK

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    Like a belligerent drunk who won’t stop telling you about the assorted conspiracies that keep him from due greatness, Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York is a relentlessly grim, hopelessly incoherent shotgun blast at the canvas of surreal madness. And it won’t shut up. The usual suspects will declare it a work of genius, of course, having…

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  • WITCH HUNT

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    2008 Denver International Film Festival After watching the infuriating Witch Hunt, my immediate attention turned to finding someone to blame. Perhaps kill. Bakersfield, California, circa 1984, was the ultimate hellhole (more so than usual). During a frenzied few months, otherwise exemplary citizens were plucked from their homes, accused of child molestation, put on trial, and,…

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  • TWILIGHT

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    First of all, what the fuck were you doing at a vampire movie for tweens? Tween girls no less? While I have no interest in vampires and hadn’t even heard of the book until a few months ago, rumors were circulating that at some midnight screenings, teenage girls were dressing like whores, screaming like banshees,…

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  • NOT YOUR TYPICAL BIGFOOT MOVIE

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    2008 Denver International Film Festival A man’s true character is revealed not by how he makes a living, his outward appearance, or even the company he keeps, but rather the nature of his obsessions. The origins of these fanatical pursuits and preoccupations are often shrouded in mystery, and the diversity of passionate interest as widespread as the…

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  • Le Deuxieme Souffle

    Le Deuxieme Souffle

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    A Second Wind within a theme of fatalism.

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  • THE EDGE OF HEAVEN

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    Much as the quirky indie film has induced irreparable rot into independent cinema, the hyperlink movie has become the go-to framework for overwrought drama for auteurs lacking ingenuity in an increasingly sparse creative landscape. You see, in a hyperlink movie like Syriana or Babel, the world is a giant organic being and we are all,…

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  • MUST READ AFTER MY DEATH

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    2008 Denver International Film Festival The “memoir movie,” though often a trial of unearned self-importance, can often yield great bounty, as with the staggering gem Running Stumbled from a few years back. There, the focus remained insulated and narrow, but the film had the good sense to be sick, demented, off-putting, and unfailingly entertaining. Threats…

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