Articles written by: Evan Pearson

Love, faith and fish in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
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Love, faith and fish in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

A deeply romantic film hidden behind intersecting spheres of professional life, international relations and the personal politics of “pedestrian” life, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen proves that with the right director and the right concept, even familiar A-List actors can perform unexpectedly touching roles. Even though the premise’s eccentricities might […]

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We Need to Talk About Kevin haunts and disturbs

Given that our society devotes significant effort to the conception and raising of children, both through the actions of parents and through our educational systems, We Need To Talk About Kevin contains a very pressing and contemporary kind of trauma, one connected deeply to women’s liberation, to child-raising in the […]

A new Holocaust film through a realistic lens
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A new Holocaust film through a realistic lens

It is the curse of films dealing with the Holocaust to be bound not only by the score of films that also deal with the Holocaust, but also by our culture’s conceptions of and expectations for the treatment of the subject matter. I would be remiss without invoking Schindler’s List, […]

Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie relentlessly entertaining for its specific brand of humor
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Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie relentlessly entertaining for its specific brand of humor

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, film students who took their personal brand of surrealistic humor to Cartoon Network’s late night comedy block “Adult Swim” during the start of their hit-or-miss comedy careers, have broken their hiatus from production to deliver Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie. Tim and Eric are […]

Bullhead reveals horror of Belgian beef mafias
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Bullhead reveals horror of Belgian beef mafias

T he directorial debut of Belgian writer-director Michael Roskam, Bullhead (Rundskop in the original language) (2011) has the atmosphere of Gommorah (2008) and the character depth of Bronson (2008), all with a powerful aesthetic that demands seeing to believe. Whether through wide angle shots of a pristine skyline or through […]

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A Separation emotes

Divorce is a messy procedure in the United States, not only for its ramifications for the separating couple but also for their families. Add Iran’s highly codified Islamic law, conflicts of gender and class, and the alienation and frustrations of a law that cannot account for human emotion, and we […]