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Something intriguing seems to be happening to Saturday Night Live. There's no denying that the departures of Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers have overall drastically muted the show's comedic palette, throwing it into a transitional...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Brazilian cinema is too often stuck between an unshakable need for soap-operatic drama and the unfortunate belief that legitimacy can only be achieved by imitating the aesthetic conventions of the most traditional forms of American filmmaking. Once Upon...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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The medical clinic that gives Remote Area Medical its name was originally conceived with the purpose of traveling internationally to aid those without access to medical care. Instead, the nonprofit group has spent most of its time and resources in the...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Sometimes seasoned vocalists reach out to new collaborators to shake the tree of creativity, to claw their way out of an artistic rut, or to simply explore their options. And then other times vocalists put all their chips on the hottest new faces on...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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1. "Birdman Takes an Early Lead in the 2014 Awards Season." Other films with big showings include Boydhood and Selma. "The main stories we can divine from this year’s nominations are about Boyhood and Birdman. Richard Linklater’s three-hour, 12-year...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Flesh and Blood is styled on screen as Flesh + Blood, as though writer-director Paul Verhoeven were consciously working out an algorithm to account for his filmmaking sensibilities. By all accounts, this should have been the filmmaker's Vera Cruz: a...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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The radicalized wing of the spaghetti western is the so-called Zapata western. Films like Damiano Damiani's A Bullet for the General shoved into the foreground (and thus right under viewers' noses) the engaged political agendas and satirical social commentary...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Phantasia. Destiny. Eternia. Symphonia. Rebirth. Innocence. Vesperia. Graces. Xillia. No matter which entry might have served (or soon will serve) as your introduction to Bandai Namco's long-running Tales series, it's an undertaking that's bound to stick...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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As Fredric Jameson explains in Postmodernism: Or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, blood, torture, death, and terror are the inevitable underside of culture and class history. Although there's no actual bloodshed in Michelangelo Antonioni's L'Avventura,...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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According to the makers of The Immortalists, Bill Andrews and Aubrey de Grey are two of the most important figures in contemporary anti-aging research. Bill is an American molecular biologist and avid marathon runner; prone to empty platitudes, he spends...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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1. "Streets of Ferguson smolder after grand jury decides not to indict officer." When a grand jury decided Monday not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, chaos filled the streets. "This is what Ferguson looked like Tuesday morning. Shattered...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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As one might surmise from a film that opens with a cartoon Werner Herzog riffing on his Encounters at the End of the World narration, Penguins of Madagascar does well to put more focus on delivering a plethora of jokes, imitations, zippy repartee, and...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, November 24, 2014
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For true believers in the power of electronic dance music, there won't be a more dispiriting hour in 2014 than time spent listening to David Guetta's new album. For 13 numbingly repetitive, guest-heavy tracks, Listen sends a dead-eyed love letter to...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, November 24, 2014
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You don't easily forget Lypsinka—those eyes, the hands, and the rubbery lips that give new life and meaning to the mashed-together snatches of songs, dialogue, or just screams, previously voiced by other larger-than-life divas. The man behind this...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Though the film's jumbled, quasi-impressionistic editing pattern hides clues throughout its runtime, The Conformist provides a subtle explanation for its title within the first few minutes. In a flashback that shows Marcello Clerici (Jean-Louis Trintignant)...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, November 24, 2014
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With its meandering pace and frequent cutaways to plants or animals, Mami Sunada's documentary about Studio Ghibli in some ways mirrors the production company's animated features. But while there's greatness in the nonsense and non sequiturs of soulful...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, November 24, 2014
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After "Baby Don't Lie," the first single from Gwen Stefani's long-awaited third solo album, flamed out, the No Doubt frontwoman is falling back on old tricks, teaming up with longtime collaborator Pharrell Williams for the follow-up, "Spark the Fire."...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Antarctica: A Year On Ice mistakenly fashions itself a tranquil ode to the idyllic frozen continent, following scientist (and director) Anthony Powell as he and a small team of researchers explore the terrain and culture of Ross Island, which houses...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, November 24, 2014
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1. "Hagel Said to Be Stepping Down As Defense Chief Under Pressure." Obama Dissatisfied, Officials Say, Amid Global Crises. "The president, who is expected to announce Mr. Hagel's resignation in a Rose Garden appearance on Monday, made the decision to...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, November 24, 2014
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In Before I Disappear's opening scene, misanthropic Richie (writer-director Shawn Christensen) slits his wrists and lies down in his bathtub to die. It's not that he's lost his will to live so much as he's run out of options for what to do with his life,...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, November 24, 2014
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If your answer to the question "When are rape jokes funny?" is anything aside from "never," the good news is that you may still find a lot to hoot over throughout Horrible Bosses 2. The bad news? Well, it'll catch up to you when find yourself defending...
From: Slant Magazine | By: Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani | Monday, November 24, 2014
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