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The African Queen

If your romance doesn’t break new ground or provide deep and true insight into the relations between man & woman (or whatever your romantic pairings are), your only hope of a watchable film is the spark of real chemistry between your stars. 713 more words


300: Rise of an Empire

A clash of lightning rends the air, splitting the clouds with a blast of light. A thousand musclebound men stand screaming to the heavens, crying victory to their gods as the boats of their enemies are dashed against the waves and thrown against the rocks. 779 more words


Into the Wild

In Werner Herzog’s 2007 documentary Encounters at the End of the World, Herzog dived as directly into the psychological makeup of the individuals that would isolate themselves at the bottom of the Earth as he did the gorgeous vistas of the Antarctic landscape. 1,826 more words



The moral spectrum of pre-Clint Eastwood Westerns (High Noon being a notable exception) is fairly easy to delineate. The criminals wear black hats; the heroes wear white hats; and all is right at the end of the day. 813 more words


Charlie Stratten's _In Secret_ (Film Adaptation of Emile Zola's _Therese Raquin)

Charlie Stratton’s film, In Secret (released on February 21st), is based on Émile Zola’s novel Thérèse Raquin (orginially published in 1867). It follows the story of a young girl, Thérèse (Elizabeth Olsen), who is sent to live with her aunt (Jessica Lange) after the death of her mother. 420 more words