Review of Whiteout

Film Review – Whiteout by Ben MacNair ‘Whiteout’ is one of those films that borrows so heavily from other films you remember what it borrows, and forget any originality. It borrows a lumbering, quite predictable murder story line from a middling episode of Midsummer Murders, the Antartic setting of ‘The Thing’, the never ending sunlight […]

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Review of Halls of Anger

White students are bussed into an all black school in this powerful drama. The white minorities are constantly harassed by the mob lead by the militant J.T. Watson (James A. Watson Jr.). Lerone (Dewayne Jesse) is helped with his reading by Lloyd, and improves his skills by reading Lady Chatterly’s Lover. The after-school reading program soon becomes popular to the students, who find new appreciation for literary pursuits. Watch for an early appearance from Rob Reiner, later to achieve sitcom stardom as Meathead on All in the Family and become one of Hollywood’s best directors.

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Review of It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Review of It’s Kind of a Funny Story by T. Basham The story isn’t as compelling, the patients and staff aren’t as deranged, and the performances certainly aren’t as powerful. Even so, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest involuntarily comes streaming to mind while watching It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Call it “Cuckoo Light” […]

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Review of “Kick That Habit” by Peter Liechti (Originally released in 1989)

Review of “Kick That Habit” by Peter Liechti (Originally released in 1989) by Pat A Physics I saw this movie at Cinematexas while I was a sophmore at UT in 1999. I was turned on to the program that included the movie from an interview I did with the girl who put it together, Astria […]

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A Review of William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

William S. Borroughs in “A Man Within.” By STEPHEN HOLDEN “I mean it has a special smell, over and above the smell of cyanide, carrion, blood, cordite or burnt flesh,” he continues, reading this excerpt from his novel “Cities of the Red Night” as the camera studies a face that suggests the stone bust of […]

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Review of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

When you think of perfume, you very rarely think about movies. One reason for this is that the two give you such different sensations. Perfume is an olfactory sensation – a smell. Movies give you both audible and visual sensations – images and sounds. It is almost implausible to think that these two sensory experiences […]

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Review of The Town

Ben Affleck and Rebecca Hall, the hedgehog and the fox, combine forces to excellent effect in “The Town,” a fast-paced, character-driven heist movie that combines robberies with romance and solidifies Affleck’s reputation as an actor with a genuine gift for directing. The hedgehog, in philosopher Isaiah Berlin’s celebrated formulation, knows one big thing, and the […]

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