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Black Swan

One of the central themes of “Black Swan” is the notion that perfection is not necessarily just about getting every step right. To become transcendent, you have to let go at some point and to accept to get lost, because that’s the only way to surprise both yourself and the audience. This is the challenge facing Natalie Portman‘s character Nina, a ballerina desperate to star…

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DESPERADO

Movie Infos Title: Desperado Rating: Year: 1995 Director: Robert Rodriguez   If “El Mariachi” was Robert Rodriguez’ “A Fistul of Dollars”, this is his “For a Few Dollars More”… Actually, 6 993 000 dollars more! How do you say… Ah yes: Antonio Banderas reprises the role of El Mariachi (first played by Carlos Gallardo, who cameos as one of Banderas’ “bandmates”). Here you’ve got a…

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The School of Rock

Here’s the deal, I’m a little hungover today. Does that mean that I’m drunk? No, that means I was drunk yesterday. Anyway, I went to this Battle of the Bands show and saw the craziest act, School of Rock I think it was called. You shoulda seen it, all these little brats burning up the stage… They’re with a substitute teacher, and you know who…

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Almost Famous

  Every critic praised this film. There’s been almost endless talk of it being a frontrunner for the next Academy Awards, of it being the best film of the year, of it being this year’s “American Beauty”. Here’s what I’m saying: don’t get too hyped. Yes, Cameron Crowe‘s follow-up to the wildly successful “Jerry Maguire” is insightful, often hilarious, beautifully crafted, touching and wonderfully acted…

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À ma Soeur

As you might gather from the low star rating, I really hated this film. It made me angry, but not good-angry, like if it had made me think and question my reaction, but plain bad-angry at wasting 83 minutes of my life watching a lazy, misguided pseudo-art film. “À ma soeur” (or “Fat Girl”, as it’s insultingly titled in the US) is the latest from…

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STAR WARS: EPISODE VI – RETURN OF THE JEDI

Movie Infos Title: Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi Year: 1983 Director: Richard Marquand Writer: George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan  The Empire is regaining its strength and even building a new and improved Death star. The evil Emperor and his number two man Darth Vader not only want to rule the galaxy, but also to turn Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill, who now sports…

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The Other Boleyn Girl

    The story of the Boleyn sisters rivals Greek tragedies in relevance and grandiosity. Its outcome has indefinitely influenced modern civilization and its tragic drama has courted its way into our literature, cinema and television to this day; namely The Other Boleyn Girl. The story tackles such contemporary issues, complex emotions and riveting characters that you quickly become enthralled by it; however the movie…

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Malcolm X

Movies can be many things to many people. A movie can entertain you, make you think, move you, make you laugh, thrill you, heck, change your life. And then there’s movies like “Malcolm X”, “Schindler’s List” and a few others, movies that are essential, plain and simple. Spike Lee’s glorious biography of Malcolm Little is especially important since the controversial moral leader is being erased…

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Scary Movie

What the hell happened!?! How did a juvenile, disgusting comedy by the Wayans brothers, a satire of a satire at that, achieve to pull 42 millions in its opening week-end? When “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” did giant business last year, it was understandable: Mike Myers is a comic genius. But the Wayans? Aren’t they usually in TV shows that get canceled, second-rate…

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Marie Antoinette

Okay, it’s official, I hate Sofia Coppola. Well, ‘hate’ might be too strong a word. After all, the Coppola dauphine is too harmless and insignificant to inspire more than mild displeasure. You need to be offensively wrong-minded like a Larry Clark or a Catherine Breillat to warrant hatred. No, I don’t hate la Sofia. She’s just a well-intentioned young woman with a good visual sense…

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