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    ‘The Oranges’ a weak attempt at suburban satire

    The Oranges Directed by Julian Farino Written by Ian Helfer and Jay Reiss USA, 2011 Voiceover narration isn’t automatically a crutch in modern storytelling, but too many writers use it so they don’t have to do actual work. For every clever use of this literary trick—such as the narration in Sunset Boulevard or The Shawshank […] More

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    The Noir Loser

    The debut of a number of distinctive personalities is one of the important features of film noir.  Noir’s main character, for instance, may appropriately be labeled thenoir loser.  He is a handsome, middle-aged man who seems to blur the line between protagonist and antagonist.  Billy Wilder has very explicitly introduced such personalities as Walter Neff […] More