Month: April 2010

Green Lantern: Rebirth

How Hal Jordan got his soul separated from Specter and his body undead from Parallax, and did it with the aid of his fellow Lanterns. All modern GL stories (and, I spose, DC in general) has a lot of its roots here in this extremely readable, fun and brightly drawn...

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Cairo Time (2010), Ruba Nadda, C-

It pains me to say this. But my dear, wonderful Alexander Siddig, who so very much deserves to be a leading man, will find few new fans with Cairo Time. Ain’t his fault. It’s a lame screenplay shot in the most boring fashion imaginable. Pretend someone took A Passage to India, set it in modern Cairo, but put it through a horrible blandening machine. That’s this turkey of a picture....

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Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (2010), Scot McFayden and Sam Dunn, B+

I’m a gigantic Rush fan, so I loved this. If you don’t like Rush, you’ll be in hell. If you don’t know about Rush, this is a better than average “get to know you” doc. One thing I love about it is that it focuses on the music, and what makes the music different. So many docs just say “they were great,” this goes out of its way to EXPLAIN what you are hearing, in sometimes technical terms....

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Quest For Fire (1981), Jean-Jacques Annaud, A+

I can’t stop thinking about this movie. Frankly, it’s never been out of my mind since I first saw it on VHS in the 1980s. Or, frankly, since my parents first described it to me when they saw it in the theater. It’s a little bit of a miracle, and the fact that some people giggle during it (yeah, okay, the mastodons look a little hoaky) make me sad for their inability to suspend their disbelief. Maybe I’m just too quick to suspend my disbelief and I have a problem or something but that’s a blogpost for another day. This movie shocks me down to the very core. It is a full-on crazy survival science fiction movie and yet IT IS ABOUT US!!!! I want to show this in a double feature with The Road. And then I will go and hit you on the head for...

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Jordan Hoffman is a New York-based writer and film critic working for The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Thrillist, Times of Israel, NY Daily News and elsewhere.

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