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    "Poetry" Finds Beauty in Suffering, and Vice Versa

    Don't be deterred by the title, because Lee Chang-dong's "Poetry" is not the sort of lyrical art house film you might expect based on what it's called. Thanks to "The Tree of Life," people have been talking a lot of "tone poem" films this year. "Poetry" isn't one of them. I expected it to be, or at least as quietly focused on the natural world, with beautifully photographed landscapes scored to sad piano and sweeping violin, as many other slow yet exquisite Korean films are. And yet, amidst the 100% positive reviews for Lee's latest are some unfortunate warnings to the typical American viewer about its supposed inaccessibility. Its relatively straightforward narrative is hardly the most difficult piece of Asian cinema, however, and I can even see more people tolerating its storytelling to Terrence Malick's. That isn't to say it's better or worse, just not quite similar in the way you might think. The funny thing is that while most of "Poetry" is more conventional and linear than "Tree of Life," its ending is the more vague.

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  • The Playlist
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    Dude! Alex Winter From 'Bill & Ted's' Directing A Documentary About Napster

    While we all know what happened to Keanu Reeves after the "Bill & Ted's" movies, what happened to Bill S. Preston, Esq (Alex Winter)? Well, he soldiered on behind the camera, helming a couple of features -- the thriller "Fever" and the comedy "Freaked" -- and since staked out a career mostly as a director of television shows and commercials. But as with nearly everyone in Hollywood, Winter has a had a long gestating project that's he been trying to get off the ground and it looks like it finally will, albeit in a different shape than he intended.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer For Aki Kaurismäki's Illegal Immigration Dramedy "Le Havre"

    Here's the trailer for Aki Kaurismäki's Le Havre, a film we've been following since its Cannes 2011 debut, which centers on a shoeshiner who tries to help an African immigrant child in the French port city of Le Havre (hence the title).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Alrick Brown's "Kinyarwanda" To Screen At 2011 Chicago International Film Festival

    Writer and director Alrick Brown's film Kinyarwanda, which made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, was announced as one of the first selections to be presented at this year's 47th annual Chicago International Film Festival, which runs from Oct 6-20th.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Jamie Foxx Is Bringing Back "Showtime At The Apollo" For BET

    As they say everything old is new again (or is it everything new is old again), but whatever the correct phrase is, Showtime at the Apollo is making a comeback.

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    Survey: Al Sharpton On Our Screens Daily?

    By now you may have heard the news that civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton, a frequent guest on MSNBC, has indeed gotten his own show.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure' A Hilarious Exploration Of A Viral Sensation

    If you don't think two belligerent, elderly men cursing out each other abrasively is hilarious, then "Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure" will leave you bored. Matthew Bate's movie on the audio-vérité craze that was "Shut Up Lil' Man" is such a celebratory love-letter that anybody who doesn't find the audio clips even remotely fascinating will get little out of the documentary's 90 minute running time. This writer, however, loves the furiously relentless barrage of insults that the pre-YouTube cult-celebrities Raymond Huffman and Peter Haskett would drunkenly hurl at each other daily. While the tapings of the two men fighting alone make an engrossing experience, the filmmaker instead finds the guys responsible for discovering Ray and Peter and delves into the history surrounding the craze, while also dissecting the moral ambiguities associated with these precious tapes.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    Ken Loach Unveils Long Banned Film; Speaks of Subversive Doc, London Riots

    Ken Loach Unveils Long Banned Film; Speaks of Subversive Doc, London Riots

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  • The Playlist
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    Clive Barker Thought That 'Hellraiser: Revelations' Trailer Sucked Too

    So here's the long and short of it, in order for Dimension to keep the rights to the "Hellraiser" franchise, they need to make something fast. And so they did. And the resulting "Hellraiser: Revelations" as you can see below looks every bit like the cheap rights-retaining production it set out to be. Marking the first time Doug Bradley isn't portraying the iconic Pinhead -- some guy named Jay Gillespie steps in instead -- the franchise is now scraping the bottom of the barrel with the cheapie sequel specialist Víctor García ("Mirrors 2," "Return to House on Haunted Hill") being given $75 and an empty warehouse to shoot the found footage film that reveals the only thing that fits the Dimension Extreme label it's being released under is how extraordinarily shitacular it looks. And it looks like someone showed it to series creator Clive Barker. And he's not happy.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ben Affleck Aims First Person Shooter Style 'Line Of Sight' As Next Directing/Starring Project

    Even as Ben Affleck is heading into production on his next film, "Argo," everyone still wants a piece of "The Town" director. He's been eyeing a handful of potential projects, with "American Bullshit" crossing his desk earlier this year, the sci-fi project "Replay" (which he has since moved on from), and he's still got the New York Yankee wife swap tale "The Trade" somewhere in development. Just a couple of months ago he signed on to direct the long gestating American remake of "Tell No One," but now a new project looks to be in line as followup to "Argo," and it's certainly the most tentpole-esque piece of material Affleck has been associated with (at least in the director's chair).

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