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Waking Dream

Lack of narrative is only a slight hindrance to the enjoyment of the jaw-dropping visuals of Waking Life.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Striking colors are relentlessly splashed on every frame of film, conjuring a revolutionary beauty. The characters’ faces are abstract Easter Islandish slabs, but every grin or grimace is registered clearly. Outdoor vistas resemble paintings by...

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The Wins of Noir

Another genre deconstruction for the Coen brothers, another triumph in The Man Who Wasn’t There.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - The Coen brothers were overdue to make a black-and-white movie. In a career spent turning film genres upside down with their revolutionary but utterly distinctive spin, it was high time for Joel and Ethan Coen to attack film’s greatest aesthetic...

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Sexygenarians

Paul Cox discovers love and passion beyond menopause in innocence.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Before he retreated to his gold-plated island with security guards dressed like Superman and a lifetime supply of cereal, Jerry Seinfeld used to joke that the idea of his parents having sex so utterly creeped him out, he was forced to delude himself into...

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Dung Guns

A public service message to protect you from holiday season crap like Texas Rangers.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Everybody knows there are plenty of ways to suffer horrific injuries during the holidays. ‘Tis the season of death, you know. But in addition to the tragically common casualties caused by elf-tossing, hallucinogenic eggnog and rabid reindeer, few...

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Viva Las Vegas!

Steven Soderbergh oversees the slickest popcorn entertainment around in Ocean’s Eleven.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Very infrequently, it’s possible to let go of logic at the movies because there’s something better to grab onto. In the case of Ocean’s Eleven, you’ll be happy to clutch the tails of some truly fantastic suit coats for an improbable...

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I Flub New York

Hollywood player Edward Burns shows us a city that revolves around him an .

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - The problem with Edward Burns directing a movie about the lives and loves of real people is that he’s not a real person any more. He’s a movie star and a major player in the film industry, as illogical and sad as that may be to those who’ve...

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Blank Tape

Ethan Hawke provides the unconvincing psycho in the talky psychodrama Tape.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It seems odd to end a season of such openness and celebration with a film about social claustrophobia and long-repressed secrets, but then again, we’ll all be in the Ethan Hawke Book of the Month Club before Richard Linklater makes a predictable...

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Fall in the Family

The mighty take a poignant tumble in Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - There are few things loved more by the masses than an embarrassment. Specifically, we love to see the mighty fall. If they rise again, fine—as long as the fall was spectacular and painful. Our culture of Schadenfreude is almost as deeply ingrained...

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Rockhead Man

Kevin Spacey plays the divine fool in K-Pax, the stupid person’s idea of a smart film.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - The most depressing thing about K-PAX is that a lot of people will like it. This fable—about a man who might be an alien and the doctor who tries to understand him—is a stupid person’s idea of an intelligent film (maybe that’s...

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Home Swede Home

Together finds the beautiful, simple humanity in a complex living arrangement.

By Greg Beacham
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Like Bergman and Renoir before him, Lukas Moodysson is intent on creating masterpieces in confined spaces. It’s easy to fail in films that are almost solely about human relations—even before any plot is unfurled. If the characters don’t...
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