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I like characters.  I like characters more when they actually do something.  I like nuance.  I like nuance more when it isn’t just for the sake of nuance.  I actually think John just about nailed it with his original thoughts – a review I believe he’d now like to recant.  Adam must have gotten to him or something.

I’m just struggling to understand why a drama with little to no discernible drama, thrills, or suspense has garnered so much acclaim.   Sure, it is an exaggeration to say the plot was entirely linear, there were maybe three kinks in there.  Of course, if one of those Kinks isn’t Ray Davies, what’s the point?  Ah, British Invasion humor! Read the rest of this entry »

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After throwing John a bone with Talk to Me, I can now criticize his opinions to my heart’s content (that’s how it works, right?). I really liked this movie. In fact, if you have been reading religiously to all the posts (so, really I’m talking to the three other guys who right for this), you’ll notice that it was in my original top 5 movies of the year. I thought it was a great character study with some very memorable performances. And, this is where John and my opinions diverge.
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Michael Clayton is another in a long line of films this year that I liked but didn’t love. It’s billed as a legal/ mystery thriller but in reality it’s more of a character drama. If anything the film is too character-driven because the plot is distressingly straight forward. But as a film that depends heavily on its characters it’s getting buzz for acting nominations for Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, and George Clooney and all three would be fine choices. Read the rest of this entry »

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