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I Saw The (First Twenty-Two Shots Of) SIGNS And It Opened Up My Eyes…

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As far back as we go, we’ve been making copies of ourselves. Whether for historical record, communication or art, recreating the self through imagery is literally as old humanity itself. Barf. Now, what does that intro – which I would label as ‘too grand’ on a college paper I’m grading – have to do with the masterful first seven shots (and the following fifteen that make up the fantastic three minute and twenty second opening sequence) of M. Night Shyamalan’s SIGNS?

A lot.

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A Short History Of Pixar Shorts

Pixar’s shorts have a long history– even longer than their features, actually. And with the release of Brave comes the release of La Luna, the twenty or thirty-somethingth short film from the animation studio, depending on what you consider canon. There are the theatrical shorts and home entertainment shorts, as well as the series of Cars Toons and Toy Story Toons.
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Post-Credit Scenes Aren’t All Bad

Once again, the issue being debated has been broken down into two sides; those for post-credit scenes and those against post-credit scenes. I’m actually going to take the middle-ground even if that makes me look flip-floppy or weak or who cares. So what exactly is my middling position?  Some post-credit scenes are great, some are meh and some are terrible. Just like movies.

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No Need For Vulgarity: Auteur Theory Finds An Unnecessary Offshoot

Without spending too many words because too many have been spent already, the problem with ‘Vulgar Auteurism’ as a theoretical movement is not so much its goals as it is a fundamental misunderstanding of auteur theory.

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Beardface Reviews: Iron Man 3, Marvel’s Back in Black

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The third film in a series always carries with it that extra bit of pressure. Ever since George Lucas’ original Star Wars saga, the idea of a movie trilogy has been put on a pedestal even though third installments are rarely any good and/or don’t actually signal the end of the series. While there is still some doubt surrounding whether or not Iron Man 3 will mark the last solo effort for this incarnation of the Marvel hero, Shane Black’s first foray into comic book movies is not only one of the best third installments of any film franchise but also the best in the Iron Man series.

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Marion Cotillard Joins Deux Jours, Une Nuit

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The Dardenne brothers, Luc and Jean-Pierre, have been making award-winning films in Belgium for a few decades, however, they haven’t really managed to make their presence felt in North America outside the shelves of dedicated cinephiles. The two time Palme d’Or-winning duo did receive their second Independent Spirit Award nomination last year for The Kid with the Bike but it’s past time the pair received an invite to the Academy Awards. Only to direct more people to their work.

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Beardface Quickie: Five Favourite Films…

DR. STRANGELOVE: OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB for its brilliantly irreverent screenplay and Stanley Kubrick’s sharp direction. ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND because of Charlie Kaufman’s inventive script and Michel Gondry’s low-fi special effect magic. THE LONG GOODBYE sates my love of the noir and then there’s Robert Altman’s fluid style and groundbreaking sound. THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS is the work of true auteur and genius Wes Anderson, where everything is beautiful from the words to the compositions. And, finally, DIE HARD because it is the best action movie ever made with flawless set-pieces and great characters. Yippee-ki-yay, MFers!