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Revisiting David Fincher’s The Game (1997)

Spoiler Scale (How spoilery is this article on a scale of 1 to 10?):  8   In September 2012, the Criterion Collection released the director approved edition of director David Fincher’s The Game (1997) on BD and DVD.  The package features an essay by David Sterritt, Chairman of the National Society of Film Critics. Director David Fincher’s oft-forgotten The Game (1995) was notably released between his breakthrough hit, Se7en (1995), and the cinephile ... Read More »

The Anti-Bildungsroman: An Appreciation of Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret

Spoiler Rating (How spoilery is this article on a scale of 1 to 10?):  8    A Tale of Two Cuts   Hopes were high after playwright and screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan had experienced his first bit of critical and commercial success with his directorial film debut, You Can Count on Me (2000), including Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress (Laura ... Read More »

Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy

Spoiler Scale (How spoilery is this article on a scale of 1 to 10?):  9    This is Joseph Campbell territory.  As such, it is important to remember that, as the cornerstones of a twentieth-century mythology, comic book characters are not supposed to be three-dimensional human beings, but more personifications of distinct ideas.  Indeed, “personification” might be too strong a word.  Rather, ... Read More »

My Favorite Film of 2011: Melancholia

Spoiler Scale (How spoilery is this article on a scale of 1 to 10?):  7    Woody Allen once said, “Paranoia is knowing all the facts.”  Substitute the word “paranoia” with the word “depression,” and you have the thematic backbone of Lars von Trier’s new film, Melancholia (2011). The first half – titled “Part I – Justine” – covers the wedding reception of the ... Read More »

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