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THE FALLS Review – ****

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This review was originally written and posted on August 29, 2014. Save for some minor re-editing, it is presented here verbatim.

Imagine a cinematic dictionary in 92 parts, dealing with a fictitious (so far) event, full of absurdities and the driest humor you could imagine, about a Violent Unexplained Event which affected 19 million people. Imagine that these people began to mutate, began to dream of water, became obsessed with birds in a thousand different ways that no one–yet–has been obsessed with them. Imagine that somewhere in the middle of all this is Tulse Luper.

And who is Tulse Luper? Don’t ask if you don’t have the time to hear the answer.

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HAMLET (1948) Review – ***½

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“This is the tragedy of a man who could not make up his mind.” (Source)

The quintessential Shakespearean actor of his time, playing the quintessential Shakespearean character in the quintessential Shakespearean play—directing it as well, and adapting/heavily cutting the text? It’s hard to imagine a classier enterprise, and the Academy agreed, giving the film Best Picture and Olivier Best Actor, the only Shakespearean film and performance to be so honored.

But how does it hold up 70 years after the fact?

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BAFTA Nominations: Let’s Get Ready to Rumble

He's happy. I think. Maybe "satisfied" is more like it.

Guess who’s sitting pretty?

The BAFTAs are a fairly solid Oscar prognosticator. There were a couple of surprises this year (including one nomination which would have sent my drink out of my nose had I one), but on the whole, I think it’s becoming fairly clear what will be nominated.

Seriously, though, that one nomination…what the fuck.

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