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"...Marino effortlessly tackles the "could've-been crappy" role of the anxiety-plagued accountant Duncan, whose (highly relatable) fears and neuroses take on a life of their own in the form of the titular Milo, an anal polyp that emerges from Duncan's backside to wreak vengeance on Duncan's human stressors. Yes, I realize how tasteless, absurd, and ridiculous that sounds, but Marino (along with Jacobs as his sympathetic wife Sarah) walks the finest of comedic fine lines here and brings to his character a panicky sweetness that most of the audience will recognize, especially if they've ever been ensnared by the modern, cubicle-dominated, mid-level workforce...."
"...Bigger, Stronger, Faster* is full of revelations, all brought to light by Bell’s good-natured, Michael Moore-lite dogging of athletes, health experts, government officials, and even his own parents (who have mastered the art of willful ignorance when it comes to their unnaturally bulbous sons). Enhancement drugs, he learns, are everywhere – beta blockers for musicians with performance anxiety, liquid Viagra for porn stars with … well … performance anxiety, even amphetamines for fighter pilots in the Air Force – so who’s to say which ones should be illegal? Especially since there are no studies that actually prove steroids are bad for you..."
"...The result, Red Flag, is a comedy about anxiety, loneliness, love, misery, jealousy, death, the search for redemption in a world of inevitable extinction, and most of all, the futility of changing and growing – those uplifting cinematic cliches that drive Karpovsky, as an artist and a person, to distraction...."
"...It’s been a year and a half since Claire Bow, a transgender activist and advocate, has had her hair cut. After being misgendered multiple times by a previous stylist, the anxiety of it happening again has been too much of an obstacle to overcome...."
"...Life during wartime may include privations, anxiety, and in this deceptively beautiful and gracefully animated film, a bright white flash from the direction of Hiroshima. But director Katabuchi (Mai Mai Miracle) leavens this multi-award-winning portrait of teenage protagonist Suzu (Non) with oodles of heart and soulfulness and an attention to the quotidian duties of the Japanese home front rarely seen in the West..."
"...The first 10 minutes of the film are spent revealing a mother-son relationship – all smiles and cutesy nicknames – which comes across as chirpy and unrealistic. (Nowhere on Berry’s face resides the look of a financially disadvantaged single mother in the throes of a custody battle.) The bulk of the action takes the form of an intense car chase, with pulsating shots of passing road markings and helicopter views for added anxiety, that leads to massive destruction – yet authorities are simply nowhere to be found..."
"...Shots of airplanes, birds, and other objects of flight are layered over the main narrative, but Evelyn appears unable to break free of her own fear-freighted vacillation. Smartly shot, edited to generate maximum audience anxiety, and featuring an appropriately doomy score by Dan Luscombe, Hounds of Love is that rarest of cinematic beasts: a directorial debut that’s not only tonally flawless but also manages to radically reimagine an entire genre...."
"...What these shorts do very well is speak to the times, with stories of resistance, refugees, and anxiety over our ever-advancing technology. “Sing,” Kristof Deák’s Hungarian short (if a hair too long at a drawn-out 25 minutes) about a children’s choir and its conniving choirmaster, boasts a nifty twist and some fun national folk songs about roosters..."
"...Director Watts has a background in comedy direction, and a thin, sticky stream of exceptionally dark humor flows through the otherwise gut-churning realism of Cop Car. (He’s also been picked to direct Marvel Studios’ as-yet-untitled Spider-Man reboot.) His attention to the details of this relatively simple but borderline anxiety attack-inducing story is as real as it gets, as when Bacon’s frantic, bad guy badge-monkey attempts to steal a car using only his bootlace and impatience, or when Harrison and Travis spot a snake hole and attack it (as kids do) with their walking sticks..."
"...This incarnation of Spider-Man seems to be aimed at the generation that has come of age in the decade between Raimi's initial 2002 film and now. It has a pessimistic, decidedly dark tone, which befits our age of self-perpetuating anxiety, but makes the overlong running time a total bummer..."
"..."I'm a teen named Anxiety," neatly sums up everything you need to know going in to this tweener comic melodrama. The surprise is it's not half bad..."
"...Such subtlety in the midst of utter pandemonium is not at all what I had expected going into the film, to be honest. It's a defiantly anarchic, unexpectedly poignant updating of the late, great John Hughes emo-fueled teen anthems, retooled for the age of anxiety and adulthood in distress...."
"...Mad panic ensues. You've got to hand it to Reynolds, director Cortés, and screenwriter Chris Sparling; they milk every single frisson of nail-ripping anxiety from a stunningly simple – yet universally recognized and dreaded – conceit and then cap it with a payoff of molar-pulverizing intensity..."
"...In short, five strangers with unknown but assumed ties to one another are trapped in a mysteriously immobile elevator, and, no surprise, there's something else in there with them. Fear, mounting anxiety, and a decided lack of Xanax are the rules of the game, and when the lights begin to flicker and then go out completely, bloodshed enters the squabbling fray, considerably upping the paranoiac ante..."
"...To say more would spoil half the pleasure that comes from watching Ray and Carla slip-slide into hell without ever fully realizing they've stumbled. Director Edgerton, a former stuntman (the Matrix trilogy) displaying the intricacies that implies, mines tremendous levels of anxiety from everyday encounters and an unassuming-yet-eerie suburban-Aussie backdrop..."
"...And the film’s coup de grace – an apocalyptic wave of fire and brimstone – is so beautiful and terrifying, it will make the filmgoers both thank God for their quiet little lives and forget they ever saw Independence Day. Knowing is a nonsensical, pop-philosophical stew of biblical prophesy, meteorological aberrations, spooky kids, and aliens disguised as German techno artists, but damned if it isn’t an anxiety-fueled kick in the teeth that feels just right in shaky 2009..."
"...Psychiatrist Keely Kolmes and writer Thomas Roche presented this Tuesday afternoon core conversation, which felt much like sitting in an AA meeting or other group therapy session. One after another, for almost an hour, audience members described their experiences with a relatively new category of neurosis – Information Anxiety caused by information overload...."
"...It's jam-packed with flawlessly designed set-pieces and skulduggery, sure, but it's also shrouded in grim portent, overlaid with a filigree of despair, and, for good measure, covered in a patina of dire consequence. In short, it's a Batman for the new age of anxiety..."
"...Mitchell Lichtenstein, son of pop art godhead Roy, takes the thrusting, violence-implicit, and pointedly sexualized imagery of his father's famed Whaam! canvas several seriocomic steps further into the realm of cinematic literalism: Teeth, shot in and around Austin, leaves marks both figuratively and literally. In the process, it also explodes the dual myths of sexual freedom and freedom from sex while making castration anxiety and teen-female empowerment fun – or at least weird – again..."
"...Call it the Curse of the First-Time Cult Success Given the Keys to the Kingdom, or Too Much Too Fast: A Tragic-Farce. The result: His sophomore effort, Southland Tales, is an incomprehensible, self-indulgent mess of post-apocalyptic anxiety and political paranoia, a confusion of half-baked social critiques, pop-culture references, sci-fi whimsicalities, and anti-corporate satire straining for significance..."
"...(Jim Jarmusch, that great minimalist, would have a ball with such a movie. Inasmuch as Jim Jarmusch is capable of having a ball.) These days it’s going to take a pretty exceptional political thriller to top our political reality for sheer suspense and treachery, and though director Ray (Shattered Glass) provides a few choice moments of psychological tension, nothing in his film can hope to outpace the anxiety caused by the appearance of former Attorney General John Ashcroft in its opening scene..."
"...Keeping Up With the Steins isn't a bad film – it just devolves into the limp sort of schmaltzy conclusion you keep hoping it will avoid. Almost any episode of Freaks and Geeks captured both the high anxiety of young males, Jewish and otherwise, much more affectingly, and with a far better sense of where the borderline between childhood and not-childhood begins to blur..."
"...Not as disastrous as the promotional campaign or early buzz would suggest, but still ill-advised from most every angle, Trapped is a messily plotted, spottily engaging thriller. Really it doesn't so much thrill as egg the audience closer and closer to an anxiety attack, owing to the choppy-waters camerawork and the innately nail-biting premise of a child in peril (taken from the novel 24 Hours by Greg Iles, who also wrote the colorless screenplay)..."
"...Maybe that's as it should be, judging from Urban Legend 's desperate bid to be taken (un)seriously; genre films tend to move in cycles, and this current one appears altogether played out. For true fans of horror and suspense (I number myself among them), a film like this, with its knowing winks to Alfred Hitchcock (there's a tower scene reminiscent of the one in Vertigo) and other masters of cinematic anxiety, is little better than a slap in the face..."
"...An “unromantic comedy” of deep marital paranoia, Love Stinks may spell relief for men whose bowels shake at the sight of baby booties, wedding rings, and SUVs. For the rest of us, it's just another frivolous product of whiny male anxiety that's as funny as a sitcom but longer and more expensive..."
"...This bodes well for a movie that features wiseguy icon De Niro in a self-parodying lead role and the reliable, versatile Crystal as his foil. And sure enough, the Crystal-De Niro chemistry is the best thing about this farcical tale of a powerful mobster named Paul Vitti who consults a shrink when mysterious anxiety attacks start hampering his ability to perform routine murders and beatings..."
"...Suffice to say that Raimi has crafted a nasty, countrified gem of a psychological thriller, and he's done it with none of his usual gimmicky shrieks or stylistic flourishes. A Simple Plan is almost painfully reserved at times, while at others it flares into a maelstrom of jaw-dropping, stomach-clenching anxiety..."
"...Everyone suggests fixes, but the sensibilities of the various players are at odds, and some input only succeeds in fostering more friction. The degree to which Hegedus and Pennebaker capture on film this anxiety and conflict is impressive, but so is the weight they give to the efforts to amend, the complex negotiations over turf and contributions, and the reassurances that keep the show moving forward..."
"...Dan Wakefield adapted the screenplay from his popular 1970 novel, which Kurt Vonnegut once declared to be “the Midwestern Catcher in the Rye.” Gunner (Affleck) is handsome, athletic, self-assured, and a magnet for the opposite sex, yet ever since his return home murky artistic longings interfere with his docile appreciation of his carefree good life. In the nerdy, anxiety-prone Sonny (Davies), Gunner sees a kindred soul, an artistic type (he's an aspiring photographer) who's also searching for answers to life's big questions..."
"...Nina, played by sultry newcomer Vujcic, is a ravishing, headstrong sex bomb with a yen for forbidden thrills. These traits keep control-freak daddy Ivan in a constant state of anxiety and send him completely over the top when she hooks up with studly Eddie (Arahanga), a cook at the restaurant where she works..."
"...Ouch. When I was in school, much time was spent in seminars discussing topics like castration anxiety and its contributions to the growth of civilization..."
"...Her departure plans, however, do not completely divert this zaftig mother hen's attention from the new semen stains she finds on her office couch each morning. Mark's anxiety is also heightened by his crush on his straight co-worker Bill (Arquette), who has just broken up with his girlfriend and is sending out mixed signals to various parties..."
"...They're all small but all true. The players all are charming, full of sweet, swift shifts of expression that betray all the affection, anxiety, and angst that pass over us in a minute's time any day -- most days -- of our lives...."
"...We have here Schrader's unsympathetic hero, a detached, outcast protagonist on a path (though he does not know it) to spiritual redemption. According to Schrader, over the course of these three films, the hero has moved from “anger” to “narcissism” to “anxiety.” In Light Sleeper Dafoe plays a 40-year-old drug runner, John LeTour, suffering a mid-life crisis..."
"...Performing in public can be nerve-racking. For anyone with social anxiety, the task can be borderline traumatic..."
"...Delicate, vulnerable vocals on this winter’s Anxiety were reinforced by gruffness, with Ashin often dropping out of falsetto for a full-blown belt. The kind of androgynous crooning on “Ego Free Sex Free” lost its ambiguity as Ashin sounded increasingly masculine to great effect..."
"...Pushing the social realism envelope early on, Wadja's films evolved over the decades. In the Seventies, he and Krzysztof Zanussi, and later Feliks Falk, would be credited with the movement dubbed the "cinema of moral anxiety," which turned a critical eye on the moral ambiguities of modern Polish life and history..."
"...Performance Anxiety WorkshopAustin Convention Center, Friday 15 Dr. John Hipple, from the University of North Texas, asks the small, pensive crowd, "So, why'd you come?" A girl speaks out of the shyness: "We have performance anxiety?" "Yes," replies the doctor..."
"...Even extraterrestrials living incarnate in the bodies of paunchy, middle-aged Americans, and direct communications with aliens named Sananda and the like all have a long and rich history in American culture. Technology and Anxiety: From the Spiritual Telegraph to the Internet..."
"..."Severe depression borders on being beyond description," he continues. "It is a quite different state, a state that bears only a tangential resemblance to normal emotion." Symptoms include a scattershot of maladies such as sadness, numbness, dullness, apathy, suicidal thoughts, crying spells, irritability, anger, insomnia, lethargy, fatigue, hallucinations, delusions, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, hopelessness, loss of self-esteem, anxiety, hypochondria, loss of interest, inability to feel pleasure, and on, and on...."
"... You've even got a topic," others say, "just talk about what it's like for you to exercise and train for a race and about your goal in doing this." My wife has even offered to do the typing while I "just talk." So what about my goal "to cross the finish line?" Isn't that everyone's goal? Yeah, so this blog part should be easy for me like it seems to be for others (admittedly my own perception and projection). But blogging has continued to stir up more mystery and anxiety for me than the race or the finish line! With my lack of experience in the blog world I've equated blogging with blabbing...blabbing about things that don't interest others, an assumption I made from the similarity in words (yes, a simple mind I have)..."
"...Meanwhile, those working to help undocumented immigrants avoid deportation report that nothing has changed. Despite the advent of new rules of enforcement focused on deporting only the criminal element, otherwise law-abiding immigrants are being deported at the same rate as they were before, and those still here live with daily anxiety of being deported. Looking for Shelter..."
"...She returned early from a visit to her grandparents' last June -- not even the fantastic allure of the horses they owned could keep her there any longer, but she gave no clues about why. As the first day of fourth grade at Kocurek Elementary approached, Ronee expressed more anxiety about leaving the house to go to school..."
"...But of late, I have been conflating the two. I have suffered from anxiety as long as I can remember..."
"...And to that degree, he wasn't any different than you or me. He was just this guy, you know, very compelling guy, very full of life and vitality and ambition, but also deeply full of doubt and depression and anxiety – social anxiety, in particular, and anxiety about sex and marriage – so to that degree it felt like a very contemporary, relatable story...."
"...After three years of hedging on the matter, of not being willing to cross what he calls "one of the final frontiers for me as an actor," the decision was taken out of his hands. And with it went the anxiety and the waffling and the excuses for not meeting the challenge..."