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Batman and Bane are BFFs. Spoiler!

NO SERIOUSLY. I AM GOING TO SPOIL THIS MOVIE. IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT YET (WHICH, WTF?) THEN STOP READING THIS NOW. Read the rest of this entry »

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This movie is unkind to poor Gwyneth.

Contagion is easily one of the year’s best films. Even though I doubt people want to be reminded that a new bug could cause serious problems for our global civilization at any random ol’ time, you can’t argue with the authenticity and intelligence with which this film was made.

Contagion is pretty much a procedural, dealing less with drama in a conventional sense and instead allowing the realities of the situation presented to direct the storytelling and characterizations (with a few unfortunate exceptions). Most of the movie is scenes of people talking about the virus in high-level jargon that I hope fails to distance the audience as movies dealing realistically from this level of a situation ought to commit to that realism without “dumbing it down” for the audience. If a bunch of scenes of (any kind of) dialogue between world class actors doesn’t get you excited, I don’t understand you. Fortunately for both of us, this is also a very, very stylish movie. Read the rest of this entry »

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