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    REVIEW: “Shame” (***1/2)

    It’s no slight on the actors, and only a measure of the hand guiding them, that McQueen remains the star here. Like the finest filmmakers from a fine-arts background, he has a consistently rewarding understanding of the narrative powers of composition: abetted by heaving, tricky sound design and Harry Escott’s counter-intuitively soaring score (with an assist from some well-chosen Glenn Gould recordings), “Shame” conjures image upon image of such astonishing beauty that they’d risk stalling the film if not for the spare depth of feeling grounding the whole. The first of these opens the film, with Fassbender sprawled across his bed, his body as unhappily taut and angular as a Francis Bacon subject. He takes up the top half of the screen, a sea of creased cornflower-blue bedsheet filling the remainder: for its dense chain of trysts and dependencies, “Shame” is most powerfully a film of absence.

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    Mel Gibson To Make Maccabees Film
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    Interesting people make interesting films, and boring people make boring ones. Mel Gibson is interesting. As a film enthusiast, therefore, I'm going to probably want to see whatever he makes next, regardless of subject matter. Now, his next film may give many people pause, considering his history, but it looks like Gibson will be making his long-in-the-works Maccabees project for Warner Brothers with Joe Eszterhas.

    For those unfamiliar with the Maccabees story, the Maccabee family, led by father Judah, led the Jewish people against the Selucid Empire occupying Judea. Using guerrila warfare, the Maccabees defeated the Syrian army, and succeeded in taking back Jerusalem. The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah comes from the Maccabees story. It would be a fairly epic tale, and Gibson's talked about making it for years. Now Joe Eszterhas will be writing the script, having himself taken a sabbatical from Hollywood for several years. It's unclear how much budget Gibson will have, but since he self-financed THE PASSION to great monetary success, I'd bet that some of his own funds may be going into this project.

    As far as any possible controversy rising from this, I'm sure in the coming months we'll hear from many people about whether or not Gibson should even attempt this film. Personally, I think he deserves a second chance, and with this story, maybe he can find some redemption in the project. And maybe he can do this epic story justice in a way that no other filmmaker can. We won't know until the film comes out, of course.
    Oh how cute, Mel is trying to make nice.

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    TIFF 2011: TAKE SHELTER Review

    Michael Shannon is one of those amazing character actors whose work went unnoticed for years simply because he was so good that people didn’t realize just how far he disappeared into his roles. The lanky actor with sunken eyes did get a token Oscar nod for his wonderful work in Revolutionary Road that increased his profile, but it still doesn’t feel like he gets the respect he deserves. Fortunately high profile parts in Boardwalk Empire (he’s the psychotic Christian cop) and an upcoming appearance as General Zod in Man Of Steal should change all that. However, Shannon may find himself becoming a well known screen presence before Superman is even released thanks to Take Shelter. Though the movie is flawed and probably not the finest entry in The Toronto Film Festival this year, Shannon’ s absolutely remarkable central performance is the reason why acting awards were invented. If he doesn’t find himself locking up a well-deserved second Academy Award nomination for Take Shelter this winter, then the Academy should probably be disbanded.

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    Review: Moneyball features Brad Pitt at his best and strong script by two of Hollywoods best - HitFix.com

    I actually think this movie looks entertaining. But then again I am a Brad Pitt apologist and I think he gets a bad rap

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post
    Review: Moneyball features Brad Pitt at his best and strong script by two of Hollywoods best - HitFix.com

    I actually think this movie looks entertaining. But then again I am a Brad Pitt apologist and I think he gets a bad rap
    I watch the trailers and I am amazed that I am even remotely interested in this movie, but... I am.

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    With plans to release it this year?

    WIN

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    TORONTO REVIEW | Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is All About Michael Fassbender - indieWIRE

    Hyped like crazy and touted as a bonafide festival hit, “Shame” faces massive expectations it can’t possibly fulfill. On the surface it aspires to be a dark psychological thriller; in truth, it’s a far more humble and meditative work littered with flashes of brilliance but lacking a coherent whole.

    B+

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    The Lady: Toronto Review - The Hollywood Reporter

    The shocking injustices of the true story inevitably make it touch chords, but the emotional moments that resonate most stem from Thewlis’ tender depiction of Michael’s unwavering devotion and tireless campaigning on his wife’s behalf. Yeoh radiates regality, poise, compassion and quiet conviction, but never generates much of a charge. As if taking her cue from the film’s generic title, hers is a stiff, somewhat remote performance that never quite measures up to descriptions of Suu Kyi as “the female Mandela” or “the steel orchid.”

    Shot by Thierry Arbogast in Thailand near the Burmese border with limited covert filming in Rangoon, The Lady does boast handsome visuals, the South Asian landscapes nicely contrasted with the gray stone structures of Oxford. But despite composer Eric Serra’s strenuous efforts to instill some emotional sweep, the earnest film can’t escape its dramatic inertia.
    Ouch.

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    Michelle Yeoh Takes on Aung Saan Su Kyi; Lucy Walker Films Tsunami Aftermath | The Wrap Movies

    Unfortunately, the movie is static and ponderously long. Simply not enough happens. Aung Saan, ably played by Michelle Yeoh, is a pacifist, which doesn’t make for big action scenes. The film could probably better play on television than the big screen which – since it’s up for sale – may well be where it lands.

    A sleepy score does not help.
    This is disappointing.

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