Category Archives: de Poetica

45 Years: “Go Now”

Has there ever been a more devastatingly effective use of a pop song in a movie sound track? Or a more quietly shattering portrait of a marriage?

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Ray Harryhausen, R.I.P.

The master of stop-motion special effects, who influenced Lucas, Spielberg, and Cameron, dies at 92.

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The five best films of 2012

5. Killing Them Softly: “Fly coach.”

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Etta James, R.I.P.

The singer of “At Last” and other songs dies at 73.

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A morally thrilling crime thriller

When violence erupts in Animal Kingdom, it literally explodes on screen. No stylish slow motion, no hipster grand guignol, just lethal brutality, swiftly administered with casual and sickening indifference.

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The Golden Globes: Why ‘The Social Network’?

The Social Network is a fine movie, but is it really better than The King’s Speech? Or The Fighter? Or True Grit? Or Blue Valentine?

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The Golden Globes: Four words about ‘Black Swan’

Showgirls. For intellectual wannabes.

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