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500 Days of Summer (2009)

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If you really must fit 500 Days of Summer into a genre the most logical label is the Romantic Comedy. The film centers around a romance and a lot of the film is played for comedic effect. Yet calling a film of a romantic comedy presupposes that the lead couple, while initially hating each other, will get together in the end. 500 Days of Summer is not about the getting together bit, but the messy breaking up that happens afterwards. Continue reading 500 Days of Summer (2009)

Mon oncle (1958)

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The primary goal of the average joke in the average comedy is to make you laugh.  Sometimes there are secondary goals, such as fleshing out a character or pushing along the plot, but most of the times the jokes are just for kicks. There’s nothing wrong with humor for humor’s sake, but the great comedies are the ones that have something both beyond and within the jokes. Continue reading Mon oncle (1958)

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

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Well, he got part of it right. If there’s one thing this film is, it’s inglorious. And come to think of it everyone is a bastard so he got it all right. While the film has its moments it’s caught in its own little film universe, unable to see its faults from within. Quentin Tarantino’s part spaghetti Western part war exploitation film suffers from excessive dialogue, poorly executed violence and ripping off films in general. Continue reading Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Crank: High Voltage (2009)

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To fully understand Crank: High Voltage a film history lesson is in order. Arguably, the most influential film movement is The French New Wave and its greatest director is Jean-Luc Godard. While he created a number of critically and commercially popular films, one of his most controversial films, “Week End,” is a film that intentionally tries to incite the rage of its audience. Crank: High Voltage takes on the same mentality. Continue reading Crank: High Voltage (2009)