Monthly Archives: August 2012

Premium Rush

I love movies like this because I like movies like this. My film students always assume that because it’s not classic or foreign or Oscar bait, that of course a film professor wouldn’t waste precious time on a film that’s … Continue reading

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The Bourne Legacy

This semi-reboot of the Bourne trilogy with Matt Damon is a kind of “Whew, that was intense, wasn’t it!” reaction to the earlier series. The Bourne Legacy is simpler, easier, less layered and subtle, and heads in different directions. Our … Continue reading

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Hope Rises

Some critics used to separate “films” from “movies.” Hope Springs is a movie; it’s mainstream and entertaining, with no aspirations to art. It’s solid as a film, hysterically funny at times, and painfully uncomfortable at other times. The direction is … Continue reading

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The Dark Knight Rises

The last installment of the Batman trilogy may not be looked at simply as a film for a while. The slaughter on opening night will likely be associated with the film for many a viewer and non-viewer. The real violence … Continue reading

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Pygmalion

If anyone is familiar with this 1938 British classic, it’s mostly because it’s been relegated to “the film that My Fair Lady was based on.” And being more familiar with the musical and film, you experience this film as almost … Continue reading

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Brave

Most of the talk surrounding Brave has been focused on gender and ideology. Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) is a Disney heroine who doesn’t need or want a man, and doesn’t end up with one. For sociologists and ideologues, that’s … Continue reading

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