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SIMON SAYS: Pure Ideas: Dropping Science (Fiction) with EXTRATERRESTRIAL Filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo

Nacho Vigalondo’s films are about ideas.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • June 14, 2012 9:04 AM
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SIMON SAYS: Trying Harder: What PROMETHEUS Gets Right

One character in Prometheus sums up why Ridley Scott's return to his 1979 science fiction milestone is as refreshing as it is, in just two words: "Try harder."
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • June 7, 2012 8:55 AM
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SIMON SAYS: White Men Can't Ninja

In 1981, producer-cum-director Menahem Golan was supposed to direct Charles Bronson in "Death Wish 2." But, as the apocryphal story goes, Bronson didn't want Golan at the helm. So Golan directed "Enter the Ninja"—a movie which, oddly enough, has remote ties to the spaghetti western genre.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • June 1, 2012 9:29 AM
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CANNES 2012: And the Winners Should Be...

Read our critics' personal predictions of who SHOULD win the awards, and who WILL win the awards, at Cannes 2012...
  • By Glenn Heath Jr. & Simon Abrams
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  • May 27, 2012 1:31 PM
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Cannes 2012: Sang-soo Im’s THE TASTE OF MONEY

You have to really want to say “F*** you” to anyone watching your work to make a black comedy as rancid as "The Taste of Money."
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 26, 2012 7:53 PM
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CANNES 2012: Koji Wakamatsu’s 11/25: THE DAY HE CHOSE HIS OWN FATE

Legacy is the thing in "11/25: The Day He Chose His Own Fate," Japanese guerilla filmmaker Koji Wakamatsu’s remarkable drama about the death of militant poet/novelist Yukio Mishima.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 25, 2012 4:37 PM
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CANNES 2012: Lee Daniels' THE PAPERBOY

The best that can be said of Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" is that it’s sometimes intentionally awful. More often than not, however, it’s just awful.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 24, 2012 9:53 AM
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  • 1 Comment

CANNES 2012: Walter Salles' ON THE ROAD

Walter Salles and Jose Rivera love the characters and world of "On the Road" too much to know how to properly represent them.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 23, 2012 1:56 PM
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CANNES 2012: Andrew Dominik's KILLING THEM SOFTLY

It’s a testament to Australian director Andrew Dominik’s considerable story-telling abilities that a movie as nakedly cynical and aggressively repellent in its philosophy as "Killing Them Softly" is as satisfying as it is.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 22, 2012 6:56 PM
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CANNES 2012: Brandon Cronenberg's ANTIVIRAL

"Antiviral," Brandon Cronenberg’s directorial debut, proves the apple really doesn’t fall far from the tree. Like his father David Cronenberg’s early features, "Antiviral" is more of a collection of inspired, perverse ideas than a cogent piece de provocation.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 21, 2012 1:31 PM
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