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DVD Review: Leaves Of Grass – Norton & The Film Deserve Better

22 February 2011 5:13 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

In the next five weeks, two of Edward Norton’s new films, Leaves of Grass and Stone, go straight to DVD in the U.K., following an incredibly restricted theatrical run and a massive box office underperformance in the U.S. respectively. While this certainly is not a good sign for any actor’s career, Leaves of Grass, which demands of Norton an impressive act of duality, certainly deserves better than a meager DVD treatment, especially with all the inferior tosh getting theatrical releases these days…

Celebrated Ivy League philosophy professor Bill Kincaid (Norton) receives a startling phone call one day, informing him that his twin brother Brady (also Norton, natch) has been killed. Returning to his backward hometown in Oklahoma, he finds his sibling – a slow-talkin’, long-haired redneck version of himself – to be alive and well, and Brady has in fact lured Bill home in order to get his »

- Shaun Munro

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The best art films of 2010

18 February 2011 8:27 AM, PST | | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

This is the last of my lists of the best films of 2010, and the hardest to name. Call it the Best Art Films. I can't precisely define an Art Film, but I knew I was seeing one when I saw these. I could also call them Adult Films, if that term hadn't been devalued by the porn industry. These are films based on the close observation of behavior. They are not mechanical constructions of infinitesimal thrills. They depend on intelligence and empathy to be appreciated.

They also require acting of a precision not necessary in many mass entertainments. They require directors with a clear idea of complex purposes. They require subtleties of lighting and sound that create a self-contained world. Most of all, they require sympathy. The directors care for their characters, and ask us to see them as individuals, not genre emblems. That requires us to see ourselves as individual viewers, »

- Roger Ebert

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Win Leaves of Grass on DVD

18 February 2011 12:00 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Lions Gate Home Entertainment have been kind enough to give us three copies of their new movie, Leaves of Grass to give away to you, our readers. The movie stars Edwards Norton…. Edward Norton (!) Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, Keri Russell and Tim Blake Nelson.

Synopsis: Edward Norton stars with… Edward Norton in the comedic thriller, Leaves Of Grass, which is out on DVD on 21 February 2011 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Norton plays dual roles in this witty thriller which also boasts an all-star cast including Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, Keri Russell and Tim Blake Nelson.

Ivy League professor Bill Kincaid’s (Norton) life takes a downward spiral when he returns home to rural Oklahoma after receiving news of his twin brother’s murder in a pot deal gone bad. Upon arrival, he finds that reports of Brady’s (also played by Norton) death are “greatly exaggerated” and is quickly caught up »

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