Required Reading: William Friedkin’s Ferocity and Spider-Man Love

By  · Published on May 1st, 2014

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The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. This special edition features, naturally, a lot of Star Wars: Episode VII reactions tucked prominently into other non-Star Wars editorials.

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“Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone Could Save the Romantic Comedy” – Richard Lawson at Vanity Fair champions the Spidey team’s powerful chemistry and wants to see it translated beyond spandex superheroics.

“See The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Reviewed in Comic Strip Form” – John Gholson at Movies.com offers a very cool, unique form of criticism (that’s appropriate for this weekend’s big release).

“Why Adam Sandler Might Be the Most Important Comedian of His Generation” – Bilge Ebiri at Vulture takes an uncommon stance on Sandler’s non-commitment as his greatest talent.

“William Friedkin and the art of intimacy” – Noel Murray at The Dissolve goes long on Friedkin’s career highs and lows. An exploration of a singular evolution marked by intensity. It’s really incredible – a bird’s eye view like this is impressive if only for the surprises it contains. It cracks open wide the myopic view created by the most famous pillars. This filmmaker is far, far more than The French Connection.

“If Movies Can Only Be Judged 10 Years Later, What Is The Best Movie of 2004?” – Christopher Campbell at Movies.com takes Francis Ford Coppola’s statement seriously, and looks back at a pretty great year. My only question is how we can turn our brains off as the credits roll. I can’t help but judge as soon as a movie ends.

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