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Scott Foundas

Is Ryan Gosling Parodying Masculinity?

The Place Beyond the Pines opens with a close-up of Ryan Gosling's chiseled abdomen — surely one of the more salable commodities in movies today — and heavy breathing on the soundtrack (or was that just the person next to me in the screening room?) Then in a single, five-minute......

Spring Breakers Review: Godard Meets Girls Gone Wild

"All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun," goes Jean-Luc Godard's quip. Add to that a few more girls and their bikinis, and you have the rough formula for Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers, which looks like the most expensive Girls Gone Wild video ever made......

Oz the Great and Powerful Is Neither of Those Things

It's a bad omen when, early on in Oz the Great and Powerful, we learn that the full given name of its wizard is Oscar, also the ceremony that star James Franco once presided over as calamitously as he does this sagging Disney tentpole, a gargantuan attempt to turn L......

River Phoenix's Dark Blood: Not the Epitaph He Deserves

When River Phoenix died in October 1993, he was three weeks away from completing his performance in Dark Blood, an $8 million indie film that had already done five weeks of shooting on location in Southern Utah. In this lurid modern film noir, Phoenix was cast as "Boy," a mysterious,......
Upstream Color; Credit: erpb

Everything You Need to Know About What Happened at Sundance

Bold, impassioned, ecstatically beautiful, Shane Carruth's Upstream Color -- a lyric reverie on loss, love, and various invasions of the body -- was in a class by itself at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Well, let's say it was a class shared by a more conventional but no less heady......