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'The East' Movie: Brit Marling Thriller Suffers from Unbridled Earnestness

'The East' movie with Brit Marling. 'The East' movie: Thriller marred by unbridled earnestness The East is a didactic polemic couched in a mediocre thriller that takes itself far too seriously to be taken seriously. That isn't to say the concerns of The East's young filmmakers – director / co-screenwriter Zal Batmanglij and leading lady / co-screenwriter Brit Marling (also a producer along with, among others, Tony Scott and Ridley Scott) – aren't earnest. To the best that can be discerned, Batmanglij and Marling seem to genuinely care about our society and its ever-diminishing corporate values. In fact, the charge brought by The East's characters seems to be the charge brought by its filmmakers: The powers-that-be poison our food and […]


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'The East' Movie: Brit Marling Thriller Suffers from Unbridled Earnestness



'Battleship' Trailer = 'Transformers 4' + Brooklyn Decker Burrito - Michael Bay

Peter Berg's Battleship Nothing is as cool and hip and glorious as war, if trailers for The Avengers, John Carter, and Battleship (please scroll down) are to be perceived as reflections of reality – or at least of our cultural landscape. In The Avengers, Tom Hiddleston's Loki is the enemy (well, at least one of them); in John Carter, the enemies are mean, ugly sons-of-bitches Martians (I think); in the board-game-inspired Battleship, the enemies are robot-aliens suspiciously similar to the metallic creatures found in the Transformers movies. In fact, the Battleship trailer shown during the Super Bowl has a building collapsing much like what takes place in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. But in case you're too trailered out to […]


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'Battleship' Trailer = 'Transformers 4' + Brooklyn Decker Burrito - Michael Bay