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3 items from 2011

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom Blu Ray Review

3 November 2011 1:06 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini Written by: Pier Paolo Pasolini Starring: Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto P. Quintavalle This Christmas season, tell that special someone you love them with the gift that keeps on giving: Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom on blu ray! If you're concerned the intense scenes of sexual sadism, torture, and murder are too much of a downer for the holidays, just remember that it's nothing more than a parable, intended to comment on fascism and mindless complacency under the rule of overzealous figures of authority. The film is based on The 120 Days of Sodom by the Marquis de Sade with a loose Dante's Inferno structure applied overall, breaking the story down into four chapters: Anteinferno, The Circle of Manias, The Circle of Shit and The Circle of Blood. While the original book takes place in the 1700's, »

- Jay C.

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Blu-Ray Review: The American- Mesmerising, Slow-Burning Triumph of Sparse Cinema

4 April 2011 2:10 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The American is a Marmite film, that I was told to expect to hate, by my own editor no less. Now, he knows my tastes mostly, thanks to endless conversations about movies and the industry that brings them to life, so his rather vocal assertion that I would definitely hate The American wasn’t exactly a heart-warming memory when the Blu-ray was delivered into my hands. Perhaps he would be wrong- perhaps this would be one of the odd occasions he called the play wrong, or maybe I was in for two very dull hours…

The American is claimed to be an action film with minimal action, and on the surface is shot in a preposterously pompous and extremely European arthouse manner, which is more ponderous than actually thought-provoking. Which is probably the exact review that Matt thought I was going to post. But that isn’t the tale of this review at all. »

- Simon Gallagher

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Blu-Ray Review: Meditative, Excellent ‘The American’ With George Clooney

3 January 2011 7:14 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – A movie that comes closer to the lyrical and meditative style of Michelangelo Antonioni than any other in years, Anton Corbijn’s “The American,” now on Blu-ray and DVD, is a nearly-brilliant drama that found a respectable audience in theaters even if it wasn’t quite the right one.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0

Universal/Focus sold the film as an action-packed thriller, a variation on the Jason Bourne trilogy, and ended up with over $35 million, a number that would have been impossible if the movie has been presented as the philosophical art house gem that it truly is. Audiences in the multiplex may have been pissed that the film has more bare breasts than gun shots but the tragedy is that discerning movie goers may have written it off as escapist fare. It’s not. It’s complex, daring stuff with one of George Clooney’s best performances. Do yourself a »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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