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    ‘The Homesman’ sees Tommy Lee Jones direct the weirdest western in quite some time

    Set during the pioneer era, The Homesman subverts the usual trajectory of westerns set in this time by instead focusing on a journey from what will eventually become Nebraska territory in the West to more Eastern Iowa, wherein defeat via the frontier is a primary concern, whether it be a defeat of the mind, body, soul, or all together. Director Tommy Lee Jones’s last theatrically released film was The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005), a contemporary neo-western with shades of Sam Peckinpah in its flavour. The Homesman may have the set dressing of a more traditional, old-school genre entry, but this film, adapted from Glendon Swarthout’s 1988 novel, is much more offbeat than one might expect. More

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    Breaking Bad, Ep. 5.15: “Granite State” a relentlessly bleak catch-up

    Breaking Bad is not a series generally noted for its lightness of tone, but Vince Gilligan and his collaborators have always managed to wring humor and quirk out of what would seem to be a hopelessly grim set of story beats. That’s what makes “Granite State,” the series’ super-sized penultimate episode, so hard to watch. Save for a few passing moments of sewer-downhill-from-the-gallows “humour,” “Granite State” is a relentlessly bleak hour of TV, wherein even the glimpses of “hope” are really just (in all likelihood) presaging more carnage. More

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    Longer trailer for ‘The Master’ has something new, even for those who have seen the film

    Paul Thomas Anderson, despite having only five feature films under his belt, has indelibly left his mark in cinema, often coming up in conversations about the best filmmaker working. His newest feature, titled The Master, sees him once again directing from an original screenplay of his own, with frequent collaborator Philip Seymour Hoffman headlining the […] More

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    Breaking Bad, Ep. 5.05: “Dead Freight” a master class in ruthless audience manipulation

    Breaking Bad, Season 5, Episode 5: “Dead Freight” Written by George Mastras Directed by George Mastras Airs Sundays at 10pm ET on AMC Remember “Live Free or Die,” the fifth-season premiere of Breaking Bad, and its nifty but slight little magnet-powered heist? In retrospect, that was little more than a dry run for ‘Dead Freight,” […] More

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    ‘The Master’ now has a theatrical trailer

    One of the most acclaimed filmmakers of the last 20 years has been American director Paul Thomas Anderson, whose brief career has already been filled with movies that often find themselves near or at the top of many critics’ top 10 lists in their years of release. His last feature, 2007’s There Will Be Blood,was […] More