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(Response Paper) Besides Perfection: The Nooks and Cranny of Film Reviewing with Anthony Lane

In response to: The introduction of the book “Nobody’s Perfect: Writings from the New Yorker” by Anthony Lane A response paper for my Advanced Film Theory and Criticism class The introduction part of Anthony Lane’s book “Nobody’s Perfect: Writings from the New Yorker” was a nurturing read, while reminding me of how movies for spectacle’s sake work like junk food – indulging instead of nourishing. At the same time, in the ages of video games and social media, movies work like many

Javier Bardem turns spiky in the Ridley Scott thriller ‘The Counselor’

In the upcoming Ridley Scott film "The Counselor," said to be an Oscar bait for 2014, Javier Bardem comes out for his next big role. This motion-picture thriller features him with a spiky black hair that renders him almost unrecognizable at first sight. The production showcases an all-star cast led by Michael Fassbender playing the titular part. Bardem is joined by a "dream team" of A-list cast in supporting roles including Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, and his real-life spouse Penelope Cruz.

‘Kingdom of Heaven’ Film Review: War and religion

Ridley Scott makes another epic — this time, streamlined in the middle of the conflicting religious beliefs of the Christians and the Muslims. A fiction inspired by historical accounts, "Kingdom of Heaven" renders a cinematic vision of the Crusades of the 12th Century. Balian (Orlando Bloom), the young, grieving blacksmith from a small village in France, finally yields to the invitation of his estranged father, Baron Godfrey of Ibelin (Liam Neeson), to go to the Holy Land of Jerusalem. With the hope of relieving

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