6 items from 2013
One hallmark of crime drama is that people die, and then detectives and private detectives and forensic detectives and DAs swoop in to find and then prosecute the killer.
And every now and then, victims really matter. "Homicide: Life on the Street" never quite solved the rape/murder of little Adena Watson. The entire first season of the U.K.'s "Prime Suspect" centered on the death of prostitute Della Mornay.
But when it comes to gangster drama, people also die, but they expire in large numbers and with such rapidity and with a near-complete lack of remorse (or even much emotion at all) from the killers that they become mere punctuation marks in stories of political maneuvering, economic competition and homicidal psychosis.
Given time, a show like this can bleed out its humanity, becoming little more than violence porn.
As aired on Sunday, Sept. 8, the season-four premiere of HBO's »
My third day of the fest was my busiest for film watching, with three titles. I'm finding this year that transportation considerations are taking more time than ever. Parking downtown is a complaint on everyone's lips as the Convention Center garages fill up in the early morning, and many surface lots that would normally serve overflow have been covered in tents for different events. Since this is my first year taking SXSW Film red carpet photos, I've learned it's a big drain on time as check-in can be 90 minutes to two hours before showtime.
So, my Sunday included a red carpet for the Turk Pipkin Christmas movie When Angels Sing (my review) and ended with the ass-demon horror comedy Milo (my review). Sandwiched in between, I caught Alex Winters' Napster documentary Downloaded.
I have little more to say about Downloaded than I tweeted right after seeing the film. I found the film repetitive, »
- Mike Saulters
Getting a haircut might not seem significant, but when you're photographed as much as Kim Kardashian is, even little changes can make a big difference. Which could explain why the 32-year-old reality star was so apprehensive about trying out blunt bangs. "She was definitely nervous," hairstylist Philip Wolff tells Us Weekly of Kardashian's new look, which she debuted on Twitter on Wednesday, March 13, after asking mom Kris Jenner and other pals for their opinions. "She even said jokingly, 'What if I start crying...?'" (No tears were [...] »
- Allison Takeda
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The duo were also successful at the Bafta awards in the same category, with Les Misérables' grimy 19th-century stylings proving popular with the key voters.
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- Andrew Pulver
"A ghost?" Thanks to a tip from Quint on AICN, there's a trailer to watch for a spy-action-thriller film called The Berlin File, directed by Seung-wan Ryoo of films like The City of Violence, Crying Fist and No Blood No Tears. It pretty much looks like an action-packed Korean mix of Jason Bourne and James Bond in the tone of Infernal Affairs, which they sort of briefly make fun of anyway with that line about "arms deals, spying, assassination, deception." The cast includes Jung-woo Ha, Han Suk Kyu, Ryoo Seung-bum and Gianna Jun. It looks good, but the funniest part is the "revenge is a dish best served cold" line. Enjoy! Watch the official Us trailer for Seung-wan Ryoo's The Berlin File, on YouTube (via AICN): Action auteur Seung-wan Ryoo (Die Bad, No Blood No Tears, Crying Fist, The City of Violence) comes back to the genre with »
- Alex Billington
When Nicki Minaj’s eyebrow speaks, you’d better pay attention.
Sometimes it raises itself up — like a King Cobra — threatening to strike out at those who dare to disagree with its master. Other times it furrows comically, framing a sarcastic side-eye directed at the stream of divaness emanating from She Who Has Sold As Many Albums as Everyone Who’s Ever Come Off of Idol Combined*. (*At least that’s what Ryan Seacrest tells us.)
Occasionally, it softens, because it understands that just because a 15-year-old boy with no singing talent has the nerve to be Asian and wear »
- Michael Slezak
6 items from 2013
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