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A Gem From Anthony Lane: In Search Of A Midnight Kiss

While I still think he can often be crotchety and even woefully out of touch at times, there’s no doubting that Anthony Lane was and remains a top notch film critic and an exceptional wordsmith. Just read the following from his interesting, if at times harsh review of Alex Holdridge’s In Search of a Midnight Kiss:

“In its sad, filthy solitude, this may be an all too credible précis of modern movie love: we started out with Rudolph Valentino, and we wind up with Onan the Barbarian.”

If you’ve seen the film, you’ll get the pun. If you haven’t, please do. It’s really a very sweet film. As I said, Lane’s review is at times harsh but he appears to have some genuine affection for the film and to see him give so much space to a tiny indie is rather heartening. It opens in NYC tomorrow, August 1st at the IFC Center. Buy tickets here.

Sara Simmonds as Vivian and Scoot McNairy as Wilson in IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS directed by Alex Holdridge
Photo credit: Robert Murphy
An IFC Films release

V And The Critics

I am on record as being a big fan of James McTeigue‘s V For Vendetta but I am beginning to have a big problem with some of the critics out there who are trashing this film in less than critically intelligent ways. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with people disliking films that I like or vice versa but it seems like many of these nay-saying, V-hating critics are viewing the picture without any sense of context or history. V For Vendetta is the third in a series of truly progressive-bordering-on-the-radical films released by Warner Bros., following on the heels of Good Night, and Good Luck and Syriana, both of which I loved. In fact I would go so far as to say that the three of them ought to be released in a box set with commentary by Noam Chomsky, Studs Terkel and Frank Rich in addition to commentary by the filmmakers.

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