Monday, April 13, 2009

In Theaters: Observe and Report 

What a strange comedy. If you were to go by the TV ads for Observe and Report, you’d expect something fairly typical out of a movie about a mall cop played by Seth Rogen: stoner antics, absurd vulgarities and a core of indelible sweetness. These things are all present, yes, but in many ways they are inverted. Two days later I still don’t know quite what to make of it.



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Friday, April 03, 2009

In Theaters: Sin Nombre 

When considering Sin Nombre, writer-director Cary Fukunaga’s first feature-length film, I’m forced to consider that old dichotomy typical of festival-favorite films: do I gauge the film by its strength as a story, or by its value as an educational tool for festival audiences, namely middle-class white folk like myself?



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