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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    TIFF 2010: My Joy

    We first see a churning sludge of wet cement in close-up. Then, after we’re nearly lulled into its grinding trance, a body is tossed into the vat with a shocking thwack, face-down, and is then covered with concrete. Though it will never be made clear whose body this is, carelessly thrown like a rag doll, the force with which it hits the mix reverberates throughout the rest of My Joy. Bodies, living and dead and somewhere in between, heave and collapse with horrific intensity throughout the film, the first feature by Sergei Loznitsa, a Belarus native who has been making acclaimed sociopolitical documentaries, reportedly underseen even in Eastern Europe, since 1996. Though My Joy occasionally flirts with nonfiction conventions (surveying faces with clinical attention, allowing its camera to take in landscapes with pointed exactitude), this is a deeply allegorical work that makes sport of narrative and character in ways that perhaps only someone not enslaved to fiction traditions would dare. At once amusing in its details and frightening in its scope, My Joy is an anguished howl of social disorder. That corpse in the prologue could be anyone caught in its gears.

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    The First 3 Minutes of "Freakonomics"

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  • Todd McCarthy's Deep Focus
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    Sally Menke Was An Ace

    My wife and kids heard the helicopters rounding overhead half the hot night, not knowing, of course, who or what they were looking for at the tops of Beachwood and Bronson canyons. Not until the next day did we learn the search was for our friend, Sally Menke, who had been missing since Monday morning after bidding goodbye to her hiking partner, who evidently had decided the heat was too much. But Sally and her black lab ventured on, as Sally, a longtime hiker, must have felt she could handle it. Police found her body, watched over by her dog, in a ravine in the hills at around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday. Since learning about it I've been able to think of little else, so distraught am I for her husband Dean and children Isabella and Lucas.

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    The 2010 New York Film Festival | POST MORTEM

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  • Spout
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    On the Rise: Andrew Garfield of "The Social Network"

    An actor lined up to take on one of the biggest comic book franchises in the world wouldn't normally make the cut for our On the Rise column. But when that young thespian, in this case 27 year-old shaggy haired Andrew Garfield, lands on the Hollywood tent pole ladder three years into his career, kudos deserve to be dolled out accordingly.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Festivals Undergoing Major Sea Changes As Seen in Fall Fests...Focus on Latino and Spanish Language

    IFP, NYFF, TIFF, Locarno, Venice, San Sebastian …and Special Focus on Latino and Spanish Language Oriented Festivals and Business

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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    The 2010 New York Film Festival | Frederick Wiseman

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Bonnie and Clyde Director Arthur Penn Dies at 88

    Theatre and film director Arthur Penn died in his Manhattan apartment Tuesday night of congestive heart failure, reports A.P. Penn died a year after his brother, photographer Irving Penn.

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  • Cinema Reloaded - Rotterdam Film F ...
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    Alexis Dos Santos: Rocky's film - a film inside a film

    Here's a scene I wrote. It's a film that Rocky makes to show Lulu what his childhood was like...

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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