Transcending ‘Transcendence’ From a Marvel Framework

Transcending ‘Transcendence’ From a Marvel Framework

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So much has been made, in the trades and the comic book fandom circles, about the dream of bringing Johnny Depp into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He would have made a perfect Tony Stark or Dr. Strange (finally name checked in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so its on), how about Depp as the Sorcerer Supreme, and I suppose the minds of those in the know (especially a critic like myself who…

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'Le Week-End' Offers a Different Escape from the Everyday

‘Le Week-End’ Offers a Different Escape from the Everyday

An idiosyncratic gem from last year’s Toronto International Film Festival gets unearthed this week here in the Nati. From writer Hanif Kureishi & director Roger Michell (the filmmaking duo behind The Mother & Venus) Le Week-End felt like a fully realized backstory for a pair of characters edited out of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

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Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan), a British…

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Critical Lessons From an After-School Film Club

Critical Lessons From an After-School Film Club

Critical Lessons From an After-School Film Club

Critical Lessons From an After-School Film Club

Unexpected Treats in ‘The Lunchbox’

Unexpected Treats in ‘The Lunchbox’ (Review)

Unexpected Treats in ‘The Lunchbox’

Unexpected Treats in ‘The Lunchbox’ (Review)

Comparing the Supreme Identities of Captain America and Jason Bourne

Comparing the Supreme Identities of Captain America and Jason Bourne

Comparing the Supreme Identities of Captain America and Jason Bourne

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Captain America: The Winter Bourne

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The Winners And Losers of ‘Draft Day’

The Winners And Losers of ‘Draft Day’ (Review)

The Winners And Losers of ‘Draft Day’

The Winners And Losers of ‘Draft Day’ (Review)

Call & Response: Director Denis Henry Hennelly (“Goodbye World”)

Call & Response: Director Denis Henry Hennelly (“Goodbye World”)

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Welcome to a new spotlight feature on the terrencetodd blog. A conversational snippet from phone interviews with filmmakers. One question, one answer. And to kick things off, I’m pleased to feature Denis Henry Hennelly, the director and co-writer of the new apocalyptic ensemble dramedy Goodbye World. We debated the futility of isolation (see Filmmaker Denis Henry Hennelly Discusses Futility of…

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Filmmaker Denis Henry Hennelly Discusses Futility of Isolationism

Filmmaker Denis Henry Hennelly Discusses Futility of Isolationism Goodbye World

Filmmaker Denis Henry Hennelly Discusses Futility of Isolationism

Filmmaker Denis Henry Hennelly Discusses Futility of Isolationism Goodbye World

‘Nymphomaniac’ Parts I and II

'Nymphomaniac' Parts I and II VOD review

‘Nymphomaniac’ Parts I and II

'Nymphomaniac' Parts I and II VOD review

'Bad Words' From Jason Bateman Are To Be Expected

‘Bad Words’ From Jason Bateman Are To Be Expected

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Jessica Rabbit, in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, informed us that she wasn’t bad, she was just drawn that way, and I would like to steal and remix that quote in defense of Jason Bateman, the star and director of the new Focus Feature indie comedy Bad Words. Bateman doesn’t merely have a bad (potty) mouth, its his smirky demeanor and dark sensibilities that color our perception of him, but who’s…

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