Ezra Stead


Cedar Rapids: Feel-Good Vulgarity

March 25, 2011
Cedar Rapids: Feel-Good Vulgarity

The latest film from indie director Miguel Arteta (Chuck and Buck, The Good Girl) is reminiscent of a Frank Capra film, but with a lot more sex jokes. If it were written by one of the screenwriters in Robert Altman’s brilliant film The Player, the pitch might have been: “Think Mr. Smith Goes To...
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The Last Airbender: Well-Deserved Razzie Winner

March 5, 2011
The Last Airbender: Well-Deserved Razzie Winner

I should start this off by confessing that M. Night Shyamalan fascinates me, and that I have seen every one of the features he’s directed from 1999’s The Sixth Sense on. It’s not that I think he’s a good director, it’s that he seems to almost intentionally be getting worse and worse as he...
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Rabbit Hole

February 25, 2011
Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole represents a radical departure for director John Cameron Mitchell, who previously brought us 2001′s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, an alternately hilarious and tragic musical that redefined the possibilities of the genre, and 2006′s Shortbus, which famously included scenes of non-simulated sexual activity but handily avoided actual pornography by thoughtfully and poignantly...
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Love And Other Drugs

February 10, 2011
Love And Other Drugs

At first glance, the recent romantic comedy/drama Love and Other Drugs would seem to be a radical departure for director Edward Zwick, best known for weighty, melodramatic historical epics like Glory (1989), Legends of the Fall (1996), and The Last Samurai (2003). My first thought upon hearing his name attached to the project was...
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