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Ursa Major

Werner Herzog fashions a masterpiece out of real-life madness in Grizzly Man.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - If Timothy Treadwell hadn’t appeared on Letterman, if he hadn’t gained a measure of notoriety for his reckless conservationism before he was eaten by one of the Alaskan bears he dedicated his life to protecting, we might be tempted to believe...

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Deep Space

Joss Whedon again defies expectations of shallow genre adventure in Serenity.

By MaryAnn Johanson
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Damn you, Joss Whedon! Damn you and your honesty and integrity and unwillingness to succumb to Hollywood bull and … You have no idea what I’m talking about unless you’re in the cult of the doomed TV series Firefly. And I honestly have no...

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Baffle Royale

Be prepared to be dazzled'and perplexed'by Wong Kar-wai’s 2046.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Be prepared to be baffled when you go to a Wong Kar-wai movie. Metaphors and similes seem woefully inadequate, but here goes: Nothing in the Hong Kong director’s films is packaged and segregated into the emotional TV dinner trays we’ve come...

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Motion Slickness

The fanciful world of Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride doesn’t need much story.

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It only takes the first few moments of Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride to realize that the filmmaker is unquestionably in his element. Strangely stylized characters'all vertiginously angled noses and physics-defying hairdos'wander the streets of a vaguely...

Film & TV

Southern Crossed

Filmmaking goofs get in the way of Junebug’s great performances.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - The most memorable thing about Junebug’s baroque portrait of the Deep South isn’t the emotionally stunted family at its core, or the awkward interactions between that family and their worldly new in-law, or even the freaky racist paintings...

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Spells Like Teen Spirit

The magic comes from the character growth in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) didn’t ask to have his name drawn from the titular vessel in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He didn’t ask for the “honor” that obliges him to participate in a life-threatening magical competition...

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Martyr Dim

Paradise Now leaves the motives for terrorism unclear.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - If you’ve never taken a few moments to contemplate the motives of suicide bombers, hijackers and other pawns of terrorism, you’re missing out on one of our age’s most fascinating parlor games. I’ve played it while looking across...

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Anti-Climax

A bad ending spells big trouble for Bee Season.

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Perhaps it speaks to the shortness of the human attention span. Or perhaps it just speaks to the shortness of my attention span. But nothing about a movie'except perhaps the words “directed by Simon West”'is guaranteed to put me off like the kind...

Film & TV

Broken Home Journal

A filmmaker’s adolescent travails prove hard to watch in The Squid and the Whale.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - We must at least give Noah Baumbach credit for trying to make a film like a big boy. Wes Anderson, his sometime collaborator, seems content to while away a promising career in a neverland of adolescent curios and middle-school creative-writing-class stories...

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Spoiled Rotten

Warning! Worrying about “spoilers” is crippling film criticism.

By Scott Renshaw
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Spoiler Alert: You should not read this column if you have never seen The Crying Game, The Sixth Sense, The Village or The Game. Now that that’s out of the way, maybe we can talk about something. It’s a minefield into which the contemporary...
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