INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (2013) Review

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Inside Llewyn Davis
(2014)
, the most recent masterpiece from the Coen Brothers, chronicles one man’s self-defeating struggle to control himself, much like The Odyssey, which the Coens previously adapted into O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2001).

Inside Llewyn Davis is a period piece, about the folk scene of Greenwich Village if the early 1960s, but it’s also a character study that delves deep inside Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac).

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THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013) Review

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You know the scene in Pulp Fiction (1994) where Vincent (John Travolta) stabs a shot of adrenaline into Mia’s (Uma Thurman) heart? When watching that scene, I often wonder, “What does that feel like?”

Martin Scorsese now answers my question with The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), an injection of pure adrenaline straight into the heart, whose rush lasts not a few seconds, but three hours.

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BLUE JASMINE (2013) Review

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Cate Blanchett will undoubtedly win the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role at the 86th Academy Awards, but her performance in Blue Jasmine (2013) will be remembered as more than just a great performance. It’ll be remembered as her great performance. We’ll recall it as the time she went insane onscreen and took our collective breath away; not many actresses have done that: Bette Davis; Gloria Swanson; Joan Crawford; Barbara Stanwyck; Vivien Leigh. They each did it, and now Blanchett joins their esteemed rank.

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HOUSE OF CARDS (2013) Season Two Review

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“Look like the innocent flower,
but be the serpent under ‘t.”
Macbeth (1.5.65-66)

Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is all about perception, but isn’t all of Washington D.C.? The clean, polished surface of the city little resembles its gritty inner reality. For that reason, D.C. is all the rage for popular television: Homeland (2011); Scandal (2012)Veep (2012); and, of course, House of Cards (2013).

D.C., after all, is our Rome, and Rome is burning.

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DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (2013) Review

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In 1985, when HIV and AIDS were synonymous with drug addicts and homosexuals and news of Rock Hudson’s death rocked and shocked the world, heterosexual Texas electrician Ron Woodroof tested positive for HIV. When the nation’s medical-industrial complex failed to adequately treat Woodroof and others like him, he took control and smuggled unavailable and FDA-unapproved treatments into the country. He self-medicated and sold these treatments via the Dallas Buyers Club.

Now, an adaptation of his story, Dallas Buyers Club (2013), masterfully conveys his anger toward the country’s medical-industrial complex, an anger that remains too relevant.

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