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This is the Pure Movies review of Easy A, starring Emma Stone, Lisa Kudrow, Patricia Clarkson, Malcolm McDowell, Thomas Hayden Church, Stanley Tucci, Alyson Michalka, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes and Dan Byrd, directed by Will Gluck. Surprisingly perhaps, the modern American teen movie has become rather well-acquainted with classic literature. Cruel Intentions spent some quality time with ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ in New York; 10 Things I hate About You and Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ were hardly complete strangers; and now Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 19th century novel ‘The Scarlet Letter’ finds its plot being (loosely) played out at a modern high school in Ojai, California. »
- Michael Holder
Best Actress nominee Annette Bening, who picked up a fourth Oscar nomination for her turn in "The Kids Are All Right," has been giving stellar performances her entire career, from "The Grifters" to "Bugsy" to "American Beauty." But did you know her first feature was the broad comedy "The Great Outdoors," playing Dan Aykroyd's wife?
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Oscar Nominee Trivia File: Annette BeningThe School Years
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Bui Thac Chuyen's film explores female sexuality and desire in the torpor of a Vietnamese monsoon
After being imposed for many years by the Communist regime, censorship is gradually loosening its grip in Vietnam. Witness Choi Voi (Adrift), a film by the young director Bui Thac Chuyen, which was previewed at the Venice film festival in 2009 and explores topics such as homosexuality, which used to upset the authorities.
Adrift centres on the amicable complicity linking two young women. Without realising that Cam is in love with her, Duyen marries a stolid taxi driver. Their wedding night is a disaster, the blind drunk husband falling unconscious. Watched over by an omnipresent mother-in-law, days then weeks pass without her man laying a finger on her. Apparently devoid of any urges, he sleeps.
3 items from 2011
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