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Milk And Honey Review


Weak
This story about a jangled night in the life of a few troubled New Yorkers aims for an After Hours-style, nighttime stew of insanity and coincidence but ends up merely showcasing the rather meaningless lives of a married couple who are only fully-developed human beings when separated from each other.

At the start of Milk and Honey, well-off stockbroker Rick (Clint Jordan) and his wife Joyce (Kirstin Russell) are throwing a party as a means of announcing their return to normalcy. Rick has had some mental problems, and has just gotten out of an institution. Unfortunately, it's painfully clear that he's ill-suited to return to the real world, as an innocuous conversation with a couple of co-workers turns into paranoid accusations. Things spiral further out of control when Rick makes a rambling speech and re-proposes to Joyce, who turns him down in front of the crowd, sparking a massive fight between them that has their guests scurrying for the door. Rick soon follows them out, smoldering with resentment.

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The Book Of Life Review


Excellent
After six feature films shot with the same "too hip to smile" minimalist approach, critic's darling Hal Hartley really needed to shake things up. Shot on hand-held digital video as part of the France Collection 2000 series, The Book of Life is that project, a shaggy dog guffaw at the end of the millennium.

Miles away from what we critics enjoy referring to as "visually austere" (i.e., static shots with careful compositions), The Book of Life throws caution to the wind. Working with new cinematographer Jim Denault (Boys Don't Cry) instead of old standby Michael Spiller (Trust), Hartley spins and fusses in colorful blurred abstractions, creating a dreamy, impressionistic look with none of his trademark hard edges. Look, ma -- no hands!

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Milk and Honey Movie Review

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This story about a jangled night in the life of a few troubled New Yorkers...

The Book of Life Movie Review

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