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10 years of Flick Filosopher: ah, sarcasm

It’s one of my favorite reviews, if I do say so myself. From my review of Supercross: The Movie:

And then came Supercross: The Movie, the long-anticipated filmic adaptation of Shakespeare’s lost play The Fast and the Furious. That other movie about heroic young men and their wheeled conveyances tried to appropriate some of that Bardic gravitas by snatching the title, but to no avail, as we all well know. But this is a triumph, and it’s a cinematic shame that practical and legal issues prevent this stunning film — truly, the Hollywood event of the year; Oscar, watch out! — from claiming its proper title. It recalls the legendarily daring 1926 Broadway production with John Barrymore and Douglas Fairbanks Sr. in its dramatic sweep, its emotional richness, its tapestry of human pain and suffering and the triumph that is borne of it. Even last summer’s multiple Tony-winning stage version, part of Clear Channel Entertainment’s Motor Sports in the Park, the one that starred Ralph Fiennes and Dame Judi Dench, only just brushed the heights achieved here by former stuntman turned film director — nay, artiste — Steve Boyum.

review of Supercross: The Movie, posted 08.17.05

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