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This Week In Film Writing: Dec 26th Edition


 is a weekly feature that highlights the best film journalism we could find from around the internet. These are the cinema articles you can’t afford to miss! Check it out, every Friday @ Noon! 

Screencrush’s Matt Singer reviews American Sniper comes to a startling realization:

“I wonder if Chris Kyle was a Clint Eastwood fan. American Sniper’s marketing materials describe Kyle as “the most lethal sniper in U.S. history,” but before his military career, Kyle was a cowboy. He wore a hat and boots, and even carried a six-shooter. Eventually, he gave up the cowboy life and decided to serve his country. He was a gifted marksman and trained to be a Navy SEAL. But even as a soldier, Kyle never lost that cowboy swagger—or that sense that someone has to venture out into the frontier and protect the American way of life. That’s what Kyle learned from his father—who raised him to be a “sheepdog,” a watchful protector in a world of sheep and wolves—and from watching violent Westerns like the ones that made Eastwood a major Hollywood star.”

Vanity Fair’s Kate Erbland suggests that Disney is dismantling the fairy-tale romance to appeal with modern sensibilities:

“Disney movies—specifically, their various flagship “Disney Princess” tales—helped push the concept of the “fairy-tale romance” into the pop-cultural vernacular, for better or worse. By recasting fairy tales as bankable stories for the younger set (for instance, both the original Hans Christian Andersen tales and the stories of the Grimm Brothers are not meant for kiddie consumption), those Disney films helped spawn plenty of imitators—including both live-action and animated offerings that run the gamut from The Princess Bride to Anastasia. But even Disney is moving away from its traditional take on the fairy-tale film, putting less of an emphasis on the romantic elements of its stories in favor of a decidedly more modern take on what love means..

The Film Experience’s Nathaniel Rogers interviews Anna Kendrick about her back-to-back appearances in big screen musicals:

The Last Five Years was — they really kicked my ass. [Writer] Jason Robert Brown does not suffer fools and I was working with Jeremy Jordan who is a Broadway star so I was the one completely playing catch up and just hanging on by the skin of my teeth.  And then I got to the set of Into the Woods and everyone was like ‘oh, you’ve done this before you’ll be fine.

io9’s Annalee Newitz Phipps on how only a terrible movie like The Interview could start a culture war:

“This is a movie about the ugliness of media hypocrisy, and on a meta level it actually exemplifies that very hypocrisy. It’s a terrible flick, released entirely to make money for a company, Sony, that has routinely victimized consumers with vendor lock-in bullshit and awful DRM that makes many of its products unwatchable unless you use “authorized” devices. There’s a reason for all the half-hidden glee people have felt watching the Sony leaks. It’s not because we’re evil bastards who want to hurt people by reading their private email. It’s because we all — Americans and North Koreans alike — hate the way corporations manipulate us into buying their shit because we just want to have a little fun with our stories and games before we fucking die.

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