Her willful admission that everything she does is artifice, her on-stage declarations that she hates the truth, and her opportunistic transformation from vapid fame whore to protective mama monster with a message all point to her being, to paraphrase the performer in an early interview, the most impressive con artist pop music has ever seen…There are lots of mentions of Jesus Christ throughout the Born This Way project, not to mention Judas, Mary M., and machine guns that shoot church bells. Which makes sense, since Born This Way will likely be playing on a loop in hell.
Slant Magazine’s 4-star review of Born This Way
In a Better World
Exuding the feeling of a crazy man walking around in circles, talking to himself about the woes of humanity, In a Better World asks a lot of little questions about masculinity and the hunger for violence, none of them particularly profound or interesting, in part because of Bier’s willingness to readily resolve everyone’s problems.
Apart from The Village Voice’s J. Hoberman, there really aren’t any other major critics as literate or well-versed in film history as one of my favorites, Slant Magazine’s Ed Gonzalez. Though he didn’t particularly care for In a Better World, it’s a dense and stimulating review that, like everything he churns out, is worth a read.
…And though he flips a cop car just because he can’t stand the idea of *not* flipping a cop car, the director’s look-at-me approach allows the focus to be on his B-movie action rather than his characters…
Slant Magazine’s surprisingly positive review of Tony Scott’s UNSTOPPABLE.
In case you didn’t know, Ed Gonzalez and Nick Schager are two of the best film critics around.