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    Sundance 2015: ’99 Homes’ is a bold, big and tense examination of the American dream

    “America doesn’t bail out losers, America bails out winners!” preaches Richard Carver (Michael Shannon), like a modern day Gordon Gekko of real estate to the young, innocent but determined Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield). This is what the American dream is now. It’s not enough to work hard anymore, achieving the American dream is to win at all costs. Ramin Bahrani’s examination of the American dream and the corrupt nature of it follows Dennis Nash, a young father who with his son and mother (Laura Dern) are evicted from their family home. To get it all back, Dennis begins working for the man responsible for his troubles, greedy real estate broker Richard Carver. This is the American dream. More

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    The New Yorker Presents, Ep. 1.01: “Pilot” is the most interesting premiere in recent memory

    Of all the recent pilots released by Amazon, The New Yorker Presents is easily the most interesting. A half hour smorgasbord of content, this first episode is completely fascinating in terms of its form and what that could mean for both Amazon’s original series and television in general going forward.

    The conceit of The New Yorker Presents is simple: a little bit of this, a little bit of that. This first episode contains a short film, a conversation/interview with an artist, a short documentary and a recorded performance of a poem. The ultimate success of a series like this is similar to that of a sketch comedy in that episodes and individual segments will be hit or miss week-to-week. Obviously, the goal becomes bringing together a collection of talent that is of a high quality and that mesh well within any given episode. More

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    ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ too overloaded with new characters to rise above mediocrity

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Jeff Pinkner Directed by Marc Webb USA, 2014 The distinct whiff of chaos pervades The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from its first scene, both narratively and visually. Because its director and writers aren’t likely intending on this sequel to a reboot to feel persistently, unavoidably […] More

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    ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ reveals its first trailer

    One of the most popular comic book characters over the decades has been Spiderman, as the tale of Peter Parker has found an audience in nearly every medium. Making his big screen appearance in 2002’s Spider-man, the character was rebooted in 2012 with The Amazing Spider-Man, with a sequel being announced soon after the film’s […] More

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    The Red Riding Trilogy – a pitch black and unforgetable tour de force

    There’s a much quoted line from David Fincher’s Seven, found in one of many notebooks scribbled by horrific serial killer John Doe, that reads: “Long is the way, and hard, that out of hell leads up to light”. The sentiment and association is very appropriate when musing on the visceral sledgehammer assault on emotions, morality and senses represented by David Peace’s Red Riding series, a sprawling nine year epic of neo-noir, adult fear and a simmering stew of all forms of human evil. More

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    ‘Spiderman’ vs. ‘Amazing Spider-Man’

    Holy deja vu, Batman!, Oh, wait, wrong superhero. On episode 327 of the Sound On Sight podcast, guest host and SOS contributor Al White joins Ricky, Simon and Julian to discuss both The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb, as well as Sam Raimi’s 2002 Spider-Man film. Al also drops the details on his latest […] More

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