Monthly Archives: December 2011

35 posts

Movie Review: Shame


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Brandon isn’t a guy who enjoys the game nor does he seem to want to take advantage of women, but he needs his fix and accomplishes it with as little human connection as possible, preferring prostitutes to a willing partner whom he actually knows.

The Weekly Listicle Is Rated NC-17


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Censors save the NC-17 rating for extra special cases, and in practice it feels like much less artificial than, say, PG-13. Something about these films transcended the extremely liberal boundaries of the R rating, and in most cases the reasons are still apparent.

Theatre Review: The Holly and the Ivy, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, England


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The characters are built with that terrific assurance of some mid-century writers (C.P. Snow and Anthony Powell spring to mind), which balances the need for them to represent social types or attitudes to life, whilst also allowing them rein to be individual and surprising.

100 Greatest Gangster Films: The Freshman, #100


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The Freshman has one thing that The Godfather: Part III does not—Marlon Brando. While Brando reprises his role as Don Vito Corleone (well, sort of) for laughs, it’s not a cheap trick. Instead, it’s a funny, recurring joke. And you, as a member of the audience, are in on the gag.