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The term "nightcrawler" refers to videographers who listen to police scanners, race to crime scenes, film the action and then sell the footage to local news stations. The profession is not virtuous, but it is necessary for television news, and …
This is big. It's huge. We don't make movies like this anymore — we hardly ever did. I'm not talking about big in the sense of budget or even big like epic. We do that plenty: spend the GDP of a small nation to make men in capes fly or monsters …
It’s been the year for finding tender drama in unexpected places. Obvious Child took chances by mixing broad comedy and the sensitive topic of abortion, Boyhood impressed us with its …
Ah, rich, white, middle-aged men and their 
 problems. Is there less fertile ground for 
 empathy and entertainment? Yet comedic actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, with director Michael Winterbottom, had surprising indie success when their 2011 …
TERRY GILLIAM AND THE DYSTOPIAN HOLY GRAIL Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Diminished expectations can only help in a 
 dark room. That adage favors both director Terry Gilliam and his ascetic protagonist in The Zero Theorem. Gilliam's efforts over the past decade with The Brothers Grimm and The Imaginarium of Doctor …
Tusk is the most bizarre movie I have ever seen. That's not hyperbole — it's the honest truth. It's not quite torture porn, though it goes there. It's not entirely a dark comedy, though it has funny moments. It's not entirely a thriller, though …
A CHEAP IMITATION Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Imagine Elvis Presley has a twin brother who lived (Elvis' actual twin, Jessie Garon Presley, died at birth). They look, talk, sing and dance the same, but the brother, dead ringer (no pun intended) as he is, isn't told he's Elvis' twin. He goes …
Before the Fall Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Every cinematic fall brings talk of "awards 
 season," and the titles almost certain to 
 draw either critical praise or Oscar voters' love, if not both. I'm perversely fascinated by the titles that have a chance of being really good, movies …
Z-ZZZ-ZZZ-ZOMBIES Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Contrary to what anyone might say, the zombie craze is really not the worst thing to happen to popular culture in the past 10 years. There are other, much more questionable enthusiasms. Interlink dramas, for instance, or Tommy Wiseau, or Twilight …
I AIN’T AFRAID O’ NO-STALGIA Wednesday, August 27, 2014
You're forgiven in advance if you roll your eyes at the blatant pandering to nostalgia that is to follow. It is the very nature of nostalgia to feel rich and relevant to those who are cohorts — generationally or otherwise — while it looks merely …