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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.
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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

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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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