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May 8, 2010

Let Me In: “something wicked is unraveling”

Let Me In: “something wicked is unraveling”

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The deeper I get into John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let Me In, the more I see how the original movie barely skimmed the surface, however gracefully it may have skated across the icy tale. With a more horrifying sense of creeping doubt and downright despair, the novel pulls you into a vortex of intricate plot threads far more elaborate than Tomas Alfredson chose to explore in his brilliant adaptation. There’s enough…

The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix – Real or Hoax?

The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix – Real or Hoax?

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LA Times’ John Horn isn’t sure whether the new documentary I’m Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix is real or imaginary. Can’t imagine what all of the fuss could be about: Several buyers said the film overflowed with Hollywood debauchery, including more male frontal nudity than you‚Äôd find in some gay porn films and a stomach-turning sequence in which someone feuding with Phoenix defecates on the actor while…

Waiting for Superman

Waiting for Superman

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For a nation that proudly declared it would leave no child behind, America continues to do so at alarming rates. Despite increased spending and politicians‚Äô promises, our buckling public‚Äîeducation system, once the best in the world, routinely forsakes the education of millions of children. Oscar¬Æ‚Äîwinning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) reminds us that education ‚Äústatistics‚Äù have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing…

Home, trailer

Home, trailer

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Happy Mother’s Day to Mother Earth. HuffPo Home starts slowly. But it’s worth allowing yourself to slip into the near-meditative state that the paced montage, paired with plaintive tribal music, elicits. You can almost feel your heartbeats decelerate as narrator Glenn Close explains the beginnings of the universe, of our Earth. You’re still feeling peaceful when she says, “Every species has its place. None is harmful or futile. They all…