Smoke

by Joseph A. Hazani March 13, 2013

Sometimes, a film tries too hard to be a film. Smoke has dialogue that is incredibly stiff. It makes one wonder if this was a screenplay adaptation of a play or a novel. But it isn’t. The dialogue is simply trying to be what it thinks dialogue in a film is.   The drama too is too self-conscious. Characters do not actually reveal themselves in a natural and organic way. How can they....

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The Lorax

by Joseph A. Hazani March 11, 2013

The Lorax is a popular installment of a Dr. Seuss children’s story concerning environmentalism. It felt obligatory to see the film less than a year out of its release date. It is childish, but not in a patronizing way. It holds children’s intelligence as something respectable, allowing the morale to be scrutinized in a pedantic way.   Yes, the big bad guy in the film is a....

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The Untouchables

by Joseph A. Hazani March 9, 2013

Quite simply, this is cartoonish, even comedic, Hollywood action-fest at its finest. Power is the only virtue to be held, and whoever wields the gun that sends his opponent to the morgue over the hospital is the hero. There is no drama to this film, only bullets flying around a 1930’s set decoration.   Mr. Ness from the Treasury department is sent to Chicago to clean up the business....

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On the Struggling Artist: An Essay

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On the Necessity of Color in the Fine Arts: An essay

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Towards an Understanding of Jesus Christ: An Essay

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