ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA – Commentary by Martha P. Nochimson

Ultimately, this show about brief, ambiguous escapes is reminiscent of the fatalism of the early 20th century American naturalist novels in which the plight of trapped characters becomes a microcosm of the American macrocosm, a culture depicted gloomily as the habitation of beings with no real place either in nature or culture, no core identity, no coherence outside of the deadening rules and conventions society has invented. This is a vision that is too bleak for my taste, but I respect it because it goes well beyond being the same old familiar jailbreak story. It has a perspective.

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AWARDS INTELLIGENCER: Does Oscar Gold Translate into Bank or Fleece?

This year’s Oscar wins have now turned into ad campaigns, as the studios scurry to make bank on their films’ golden statuettes. But there’s more to the story, and it involves selling strategies. For example, because Boyhood did’t sweep the Oscars, IFC Films will underplay Patricia Arquette’s Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress, and sell the movie’s three Golden Globe Awards. Even though Arquette’s Oscar moment was massively popular with audiences. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 7-13: BOYHOOD

Opening July 11, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Boyhood, writer-director Richard Linklater’s audacious, groundbreaking feature. Filmed over a 12 year span with the same cast, the movie presents snapshots of family life—birthdays, vacations and family dinners—backed by a soundtrack that captures the recent cultural milieu with tunes from Coldplay to Arcade Fire. This film’s unique portrait of growing up opens a door for personal introspection unlike any film before. Read on….

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