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    The Definitive Movies of 1995

    The 1990’s introduced the world to Quentin Tarantino, saw the creation of the NC-17 rating, and began the slow call toward fully computer animated films. It began the slow (still slow) movement toward a more diverse industry, with the first African-American director earning an Oscar nomination (John Singleton for “Boyz in the Hood”). And the […] More

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    ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ a deliciously self-aware sequel musing on the challenges of stardom

    Ocean’s Twelve has a reputation that will always precede it; some have called it an anti-sequel, and publications like Entertainment Weekly have dubbed it one of the worst sequels of all time. Though both reactions are, perhaps, understandable, neither is remotely accurate. Ocean’s Twelve is an inherently self-aware sequel, possibly the most self-aware follow-up in modern history. What Steven Soderbergh, screenwriter George Nolfi (whose original script, Honor Among Thieves, was completely unrelated to Ocean’s Eleven and was sold initially before that remake had been released), and the slightly larger-than-before ensemble cast did was make a sequel to a critically and commercially lauded caper film that was wholly cognizant of the fact that it was a sequel to a critically and commercially lauded caper film. Ocean’s Twelve toys with audience expectations, because to cave into them would’ve promised something potentially more disturbing and commonplace than what many perceived to be an ambitious creative flop: something boring. More

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    ‘Trance’ an overheated, ridiculous yet never dull psychological thriller

    Danny Boyle has yet to make a dull movie, but that appears to be the only consistency he’s concerned with. His new film Trance is as amped up, jittery, and stylistically charged as Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, and the rest of his filmography, but the story holds up to barely the most minor scrutiny. Trance’s inconsistencies go well beyond its script, all the way down to the various flourishes Boyle employs throughout the film, tossing them out as he deems them useless. More

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    Trailer for Danny Boyle’s Reality-Bending Thriller ‘Trance’

    Danny Boyle made his big-screen directorial debut with Shallow Grave, one of the best thrillers made in the 90’s, but he only really launched into the spotlight with his next effort,Trainspotting. Ever since, the director has constantly reinvented himself, gaining a massive following and eventually directing Slumdog Millionaire, which went on to win eight Oscars. […] More

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    Lesbian Scene Analysis: ‘Black Swan’

    At Inside Out 2012, Toronto’s LGBT Film Festival, I struck up a conversation with a woman – about lesbian scenes, no less. As tantalizing as the premise sounds, she eventually digressed into a rather scholarly discussion about how most of these scenes are sensationalized, how they objectify women, how unrealistic they are, and, of course, […] More

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    Vincent Cassel To Return in a ‘Dobermann’ sequel

    My first introduction to Vincent Cassell was in 1997 when I saw him in Mathieu Kassovitz brilliant and controversial black and white French film La Haine, one of my ten favorite films of all time. That same year I decided to also check out Jan Kounen’s Doberman which also starred the famous French actor. These […] More

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