Alec Lane

”what the hell do critics know?” - jason derulo

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  • The Happening

    The Happening

    ★★★★½

    Dialogue on The Happening between Alec Lane and Sam Redfern

    SR - As an opening statement I'd like to say that one of the things I find most interesting about The Happening is its depiction of the collapse of dialogue in the instance of crisis. It is also quite telling of his own views on the matter that Shyamalan chose the apocalyptic event itself to drive this social fragmentation that marks the course of the narrative, almost as if to…

  • Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain

    ★★★★★

    Ang Lee is a director who has come to be known for his overt formal bombast—his last three pictures have each married personal tales with increasingly massive scope, so to talk about the structural qualities of Brokeback Mountain, an incredibly intimate work on all fronts, may seem a bit of a misdirection. Yet for all of Lee’s success (artistically, at least…) with boundary pushing formats in recent years, Brokeback remains remarkable for its mastery of the movie melodrama with relatively…

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  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    ★★★★★

    After the second watch I’m thinking this is the best movie I’ve ever seen. I’m usually not one to make this sort of judgement so hastily, but this is the kind of movie that makes you reconsider just about any other that you’ve watched. Intolerance is constantly giving you so much information that you fear throughout the runtime that you will have forgotten key elements by the end. But when the picture is finished, you can’t deny the enormity of…

  • Long Day's Journey Into Night

    Long Day's Journey Into Night

    ½

    From the first shot really announces itself as completely ridiculous: a pan up from a nightclub and into the protagonist’s dim, run-down apartment with a woman seated facing away from the camera and her face reflected in a mirror. It’s dime-store plot devices: man obsessed with unresolved memories, a fixation on the past which is ultimately to his detriment (he even comes from a life of crime), woman as an enigma, except here it’s all extremely vague and peppered with…