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2012 Stories by Ernest Hardy

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  • Dead in France

    published December 19, 2012

    Dead in France seems sprung from the mind of a very young male—one who’s watched a lot of movies, hasn’t yet harvested an... More >>

  • Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

    published December 5, 2012

    The American Anglophile's appetite for watching upper-class Brits lolling through the hardships of being rich, overeducated, bored, bitchy, and... More >>

  • The King

    published November 21, 2012

    Contemporary documentaries that focus on individuals rather than big political or social issues tend to be either heavy-handed smear jobs (even... More >>

  • Barrymore

    published November 14, 2012

    Anyone even slightly versed in Hollywood lore and history knows that the scandals that make TMZ twitter are child's play compared with... More >>

  • Lunch

    published November 7, 2012

    Shot on a shoestring budget, most of which likely went to securing clips from Mister Ed and Sid Caesar's Your Show of... More >>

  • A Man's Story

    published October 31, 2012

    Ozwald Boateng's life story is almost too good to be true. The London-born son of Ghanaian immigrants, this self-taught designer resides in the... More >>

  • High Ground

    published October 31, 2012

    'I feel like I've lived up my life; the tank is empty," declares an Iraq War Marine veteran who has traveled to Nepal to climb a mountain... More >>

  • All Together

    published October 17, 2012

    In the opening minutes of the light French comedy All Together, an elderly man yells "Off the pigs!" through a bullhorn during a... More >>

  • The American Scream

    published October 17, 2012

    One of the great running gags on Roseanne was its annual depiction of Halloween as both America's most sacred holiday and a powerful outlet... More >>

  • Ava DuVernay Looks to the Future of Black Film

    published October 10, 2012

    "Positive characterizations are complex characterizations," says writer-director Ava DuVernay, tucking into a serving of roasted potatoes.... More >>

  • Disney’s Timothy Green Jerks Tears, Rates Jeers

    published August 15, 2012

    “It’s a hard world to be different in,” says Cindy Green (Jennifer Garner) to her Pinterest/vision-board child Timothy (CJ... More >>

  • Painted Skin 2: The Resurrection

    published August 15, 2012

    It's a little curious that the Chinese box office hit Painted Skin 2: The Resurrection, a martial arts historical epic, is being touted... More >>

  • This Year's DocuWeeks Festival Makes a Strong Case for Real Life

    published August 1, 2012

    Most film festivals share a fairly generic, if admirable, goal: to showcase the best fare that falls under their banner/mission... More >>

  • Craigslist Joe

    published August 1, 2012

    The question of whether technology has made us colder, more narcissistic, and more inclined to live in social bubbles has already become trite and... More >>

  • Deranged

    published July 25, 2012

    Writer-director Park Jung-woo's Deranged (a box-office smash in South Korea), is an updated twist on “nature's revenge” horror... More >>

  • Family Portrait in Black and White

    published July 11, 2012

    There’s nothing remotely “postracial” about the Ukraine depicted in Family Portrait in Black and White, Julia... More >>

  • Double Trouble: Wen Jiang China Lion's Madcap Buddy Comedy

    published June 6, 2012

    Jackie Chan's son Jaycee Chan co-stars in this madcap buddy comedy about two security guards—one from Beijing, one from... More >>

  • Henning Mankell's Wallander: The Revenge

    published May 30, 2012

    Kurt Wallander, the police inspector at the center of Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell's popular Wallander novels (and several movie... More >>

  • Battlefield America

    published May 30, 2012

    C-list r&b singer Marques Houston jumps on the money train of the modern family film with Battlefield America. In the movie, which... More >>

  • Cellmates

    published May 30, 2012

    It's sometimes hard to remember there was a time when Tom Sizemore was considered one of America's most promising actors. His sleepwalking... More >>

  • Bill W.

    published May 16, 2012

    The idea that addiction (drugs, alcoholism) is a disease is still scoffed at in some quarters, but what traction the once-radical notion has is... More >>

  • Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

    published May 16, 2012

    In an old news clip that is played in the documentary Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story, a newscaster says, "You can tell a lot about... More >>

  • The Perfect Family

    published May 2, 2012

    There's a vague echo of John Waters's film Serial Mom in director Anne Renton's The Perfect Family. But where Waters's satiric... More >>

  • The Giant Mechanical Man

    published April 25, 2012

    Lee Kirk’s The Giant Mechanical Man wants to be both a wry, intelligent romantic comedy and a softly satiric look at the ways sensitive... More >>

  • Restless City

    published April 25, 2012

    The stories and struggles of African immigrants in America are rarely told in American media and are notably missing from most dialogue around... More >>

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