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Written by: Sam Fragoso on December 3, 2012

At last, after some 14,000 words, the results of our Contest are up. Do check them out if you have the time.

Now to our weekly articles …

Laurence Anyways is apparently worthy of our time. Now, after reading Cam’s review, I’m looking to actually find and see the film. So far, no luck.

Although I enjoy frequenting blogs, the work of Dana Stevens is to be marveled. Here’s her review of Rust and Bone

Eugene writes about Ang Lee’s Life of Pi – a film many seem to dislike as of late.

There’s an abundance of talent in the movie business. Alex discusses the actors and actresses that deserve more work in the pictures.

SDG wraps up his moviegoing in November with countless reviews. Enjoy.

Beasts of the Southern Wild is gaining traction during this year’s Oscar season. Bonjour weighs in on the film.

Shocked by Marshall’s adulation for HitchcockWorth a read.

Unfortunately, Phil didn’t enjoy the likes of Seven Psychopaths. Here’s his review.


There are 12 comments for this post.

  1. Alex Withrow on December 3, 2012 8:59 am

    Thanks so much for the link, Sam!

  2. Sam Fragoso on December 3, 2012 9:00 am

    You’re welcome Alex!

  3. Marshall on December 3, 2012 9:15 am

    Is it surprising that I specifically liked Hitchcock – or that anyone would?

  4. Sam Fragoso on December 3, 2012 11:51 am

    You’re particularly hard on movies my friend. So, considering my negative response to it, I was surprised by your overwhelmingly positive one.

  5. Colin Biggs on December 3, 2012 12:59 pm

    Given the reviews, I’d go with the latter.

  6. Sam Fragoso on December 3, 2012 1:51 pm

    What what?

  7. Marshall on December 3, 2012 3:44 pm

    The critics had a field day with it because it wasn’t hagiography. What do you expect, they now hold the man and Vertigo in higher stature than Citizen Kane.

  8. Sam Fragoso on December 3, 2012 10:56 pm

    That’s certainly not why I disliked it Marshall. You made a good point in your review about how the film refuses to treat him as a deity — and that’s one of strongest aspects of the film. What didn’t work out for me, was, well, the story. I didn’t think it was particularly interesting. The film never convinced me that this is a narrative worth our attention.

    Also hindering the film is its PG-rating. I’ll probably write a column on the film soon. Thanks for stopping by. Always great to have you around.

  9. Nostra on December 4, 2012 3:37 am

    Nice list of links, will be reading a couple of those. Btw, I just updated my site a bit over the weekend, why don’t you drop on over to check it out Sam :)

  10. Bonjour Tristesse on December 4, 2012 4:51 pm

    Thanks for the link Sam! and I agree with Phil about Seven Psychopaths.

  11. Sam Fragoso on December 4, 2012 6:05 pm

    No! Bonjour! I’m sad.

  12. Andy Buckle on December 5, 2012 1:36 pm

    I also agree with Phil about Seven Psychopaths. He mentions every issue I had with the film in an admirably articulate way. its a nasty film, the narrative developments feel forced for the sake of looking clever and its not really that fun. It is for a while. Plus, the use of women. Its not okay to sideline the female characters and then lay criticism on Marty’s script for the marginalisation of his female characters as a means of recognition for this fact. To me it felt like a get out of jail free card. Anyway, I won’t harp on about it. I have copped some flak for my opinion on this film. I might not be wrong, though ;-)

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