William Cohen

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 70% (2,082 of 2,968)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,012 - Total Helpful Votes: 2082 of 2968
The Past [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Bérénice Bejo
The Past [DVD] DVD ~ Bérénice Bejo
Intense dialogue, symbolism, beautiful people, multicultural strife, long meaningful pauses - this is a perfect French film for a miserable wet afternoon. The only thing missing is gratuitous sex. Oh it goes on, deftly revealing the hypocrisies, misunderstandings and repressed feelings of the characters, but is it entertaining?

The work that goes into creating something like this must be colossal. It's a plausible scenario - it's hyper-realistic, but I didn't really enjoy it or find it uplifting in any way. This is Michael Haneke territory - exquisitely done, but only for art house aficionados.
Mad Men - Complete Season 1 [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Jon Hamm
I've watched every episode of Six Feet Under at least twice, I've watched every episode of the Sopranos, and I've watched two and a half series of Boardwalk Empire.

I started watching Mad Men and realise that HBO are very clever, but like all good businesses, they stick to the same formula.

In this case, as with the Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire, it's very beautiful people being cruel to each other on very glamorous sets. As with the Sopranos, a charismatic but deeply flawed character keeps the action going, with other members of the family revealing themselves through affairs, psychotherapy and troubled pasts.

There are a few good one-liners, a few insights… Read more
Young Adult [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Charlize Theron
Young Adult [DVD] DVD ~ Charlize Theron
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Recovery Movie, 24 July 2014
This is a bleak but rewarding film which shows the mixed feelings that can develop when someone leaves a hick town to make their way in the city.
I enjoyed watching Mavis show her contempt for her roots - the film shows small town America in quite an unflattering light - but it also shows how we see things through our own lenses - and if we're bitter and remorseful that's not going to make us very effective in the world.

I cringed a lot at Mavis's self-destructive impulses and delusions. Unhappiness isn't pretty.

It's well written, amusing in parts, and a useful case study of middle-age frustration and anger.

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